Pirates Haven

Pirates Haven Cluster
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Badlands Cluster nearby systems
Badlands Cluster nearby systems
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates 424.959 : -349.827[e]

The Pirates Haven stellar cluster is home to at least one habitable world and as of 3145 was located in the Periphery between the borders of the Calderon Protectorate and the Periphery March of the Federated Suns.[1][2]

System Description[edit]

The Pirates Haven stellar cluster is located near the Dumassas and Hawktor systems[1][2] and consists of a dense cluster of stars, within which are located some fifty assorted planets. The nature of existence within a stellar cluster means that some of these fifty planets have wild, erratic orbits, while some others are held awkwardly in the gravitational fields of multiple stars. At the heart of the cluster lies a protostar, torn apart before it could form and kept from forming by intense gravitational forces; those same gravitational forces make it hazardous in the extreme for JumpShips to attempt to approach the cluster.[3]

System History[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

A single planet within the cluster, Badlands, had been colonized by the Taurian Concordat prior to the Reunification War; at that point, the Pirates Haven Star Cluster was known as the Badlands Cluster.[4] The Star League Defense Force largely ignored the Badlands Cluster during the Reunification War; Badlands was a minor world, and for a decade, SLDF monitoring ships watched the cluster closely, without being able to determine much of anything about Badlands itself or whatever was on the planet. None of the Taurian ships captured by the SLDF during the course of the Reunification War had ever traveled to badlands, and the most that the intelligence agencies of both the SLDF and the Federated Suns could determine about Badlands was that it was a hot, desolate planet - and one that was almost never visited. Faced with the prospect of having to spend years surveying and mapping the cluster before they had any chance of finding Badlands - or any safe jump points to use within the cluster - the SLDF ignored it. The Calderons largely ignored the cluster as well, and as a result Badlands became a haven for refugees, dissidents and outlaws throughout the war, and the first SLDF garrison wouldn't be placed on Badlands until after the war ended.[5]

Star League Era[edit]

A second planet within the cluster, Lorkdal, was colonized by the Concordat during the Star League era.[4][6]

Succession Wars[edit]

The Concordat abandoned the Badlands Cluster during the Third Succession War[7][4][8][9] and the cluster, which had already been home to outlaws for centuries,[5] became known as Pirates Haven.[4][8][9][10]

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In 3025, pirates disguised as a Davion scouting party raided Cyrton from the nearby system of Montour, hoping to coax the Taurians into war with the Federated Suns in attempt to make Taurian worlds easier targets for plunder. The Taurian Defense Force tracked them to Pirates Haven, where Marshal Morton Grenadine led the Taurian Guard in neutralizing this band of pirates. Some of them had retreated into an area known as the "Black Cliffs," a labyrinthine network of tall canyons that was impossible to scout with aerospace assets, and had to be flushed out by BattleMech forces.[11]

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FedCom Civil War[edit]

By 3064, a single planet inside the cluster was known to be habitable, and that planet was ruled over by the bandit king "Bloody" James Kaiten. Kaiten maintained control of the planet - albeit barely - until the arrival of Paula Trevaline, the infamous Lady Death, and her Death's Consorts. Trevaline battled Kaiten for control of Haven, and Kaiten fought hard - finally dying "kicking, thrashing and finally choking on his own tongue" and Trevaline became Dame of Haven, with the rest of the cluster accepting her control by acclamation.[3] A small 'Mech factory was created in the cluster, which allowed the pirates to produce a light 'Mech for the first time, the Brigand.[12]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Pirates Haven[edit]


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In the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries High Reward Quest "Dire Circumstances," Pirates Haven is first depicted as a volcanic biome with reduced visibility, and later features a tourmaline desert biome with excellent visibility.[11]

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  • Sometimes the cluster's name appears as "Pirates' Haven" in sourcebook texts but it seems to be consistently written without the apostrophe on maps.[39]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (18 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Badlands 5.5 Lorkdal 7.2 Dumassas 28.4 Hawktor 30.7
Leh 31.0 Klenkar 31.6 Angra 36.2 Cadela 41.1
Charleston 42.5 Althea's Choice 45.8 Armington 46.3 Simone 46.8
Famdo 48.7 Estuan 51.6 San Carlos 53.5 Verdigreis 55.6
Csomad 57.7 Serenity 58.0 Cyrton 61.2 Cohagen 62.5


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. VI: "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 126: "Death's Consorts"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 121
  5. 5.0 5.1 Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 86: "Ignoring the Badlands"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 37
  7. 7.0 7.1 Handbook: House Davion, p. 60
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Periphery, p. 151
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Handbook: House Davion, p. 70
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 127
  11. 11.0 11.1 MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, "Dire Circumstances"
  12. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 46: "Brigand"
  13. Handbook: House Davion, p. 18
  14. Handbook: House Davion, p. 48
  15. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159
  16. Field Manual: SLDF, p. xi: "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  17. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11
  18. Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 37
  19. Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 29
  20. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 96
  21. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, pp. 122–123
  22. Handbook: House Davion, p. 54: "Federated Suns after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  23. Handbook: House Davion, p. 72
  24. Handbook: House Davion, p. 76
  25. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133
  26. Era Report: 3052, p. 11
  27. Era Report: 3052, p. 23
  28. Era Report: 3062, p. 11
  29. Handbook: House Davion, p. 78
  30. The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 111
  31. Era Report: 3062, p. 29
  32. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43
  33. Handbook: House Davion, p. 82
  34. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64
  35. Field Report: Periphery, p. 23
  36. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63
  37. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii: "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  38. Era Report: 3145, p. 11
  39. Handbook: Major Periphery States, pp. 111, 129