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System Information
X:Y Coordinates 621.059 : -342.924[e]
Spectral class K4V[1][2][3][4]
Recharge time 195 hours[3][4]
Recharge station(s) None[1][3][4]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Randis IV[edit]

Randis IV
Planetary flag
Planetary flag
System position 2nd[1][3][4]
Jump point
4.31 days[4]
Moons 1 (Eminence)[3][4]
Surface gravity 1.01[3][4]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[3][4]
Equatorial temperature 39°C (Tropical)[3][4]
Surface water 75%[3][4]
Highest native life Fish[1][3][4]
Reference Year 3025[1] - 3079[4]
Ruler Grand Knight Jacob Ben Volcroth (3025)[1]
Grand Knight, Lucas Beckett (3076-3079)[3][4]
Capital Hope City[4]
Population 3,000-5,000 (3025)[1]
12,154,000 (3076)[3]
12,186,000 (3079)[4]
Socio-Industrial Levels C-C-B-B-B[3][4]
HPG (Representative) B[1][3][4] (Precentor Adrien Brix) (3025)[1]

Randis IV is an isolated, tropical Periphery world located spinward of the Taurian Concordat and rimward of the Outworlds Alliance. The world possesses little in the way of natural resources, but is home to a monastic order of MechWarriors, the Brotherhood of Randis. The planet has four landmasses, Hope where the capital city is located, Volcroth, Frews and Randis.[4]

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Prior to the Brotherhood of Randis, Randis IV was known as Hope IV in the late 27th century, and later as Lost Hope. Settled by deserters from the First and Second Succession wars, it was situated in the Deep Periphery, between the Taurian Concordat and the Tortuga Dominions. Its charted position well outside the radius of the Federated Suns afforded it the opportunity as a stopover for traders traveling between the Concordat and the coreward Outworlds Alliance.[1][2][27]

In 2988, former Marik MechWarrior commander Erdelmaine Randis, seeking a higher purpose in life, landed on the planet and discovered his goal. The native population was besieged by the world's resident disenfranchised MechWarriors. He cobbled together a unit from like-minded warriors and sought to liberate the people from their oppressors. He declared the formation of both the Fiefdom of Randis (of which the planet was the only member) and the cultish Brotherhood of Randis. The planet's name changed just as quickly.[1]

The Brotherhood provided an adequate defensive force from less well-organized offworld raiders and sought local contracts to rid the neighboring systems of the same, which brought in a steady though meager economic income for the planet. Though Randis intended to improve the overall quality of life for all, the Brotherhood's attentions had generally been focused inward, as they sought to improve their mastery of BattleMech combat. After Galahad Frews ascended to the position of Grand Knight in 3037, the planet began to undergo significant development. By 3047, each town was tied to the others by rail lines and each also had new storage and trading facilities. Several spaceports had been built for the passing ships and the laborers had started farms to service their own requirements.[1][2]


Pirate attacks upon the planet have significantly increased during the Jihad period, possibly because of either the Brotherhood's increased anti-Blake stance or due to their frequent violations of both Concordat and Alliance borders in their antipiracy campaigns.[27]

The Randis of 3079 was a water-rich world whose population had increased dramatically in the previous 100 years. Expatriates from many nations arrived on the world. Despite the relatively rapid growth of the population, the planet's leadership enforced a development policy that prevented damage to the native environment. The Brotherhood of Randis also enforced this policy. The world had four continents: Hope, Volcroth, Frews, and Randis. The capital, Hope City, was found on Hope.[4]

Military Deployment[edit]


References in fiction[edit]

In 3073, novelist Clyde Cutler released a book titled Dark Periphery, in which he ties the events of the John Paul II Square Massacre to a missing construction crew from Sandro Manufacturing, and finally to the Brotherhood on Randis IV. His novel suggests that the Brotherhood is charged with protecting the Vatican's historical valuables smuggled off Terra in 2768, basing this conjecture on their missions of (nonprofit) mercy.[29]

Industrial Centers[edit]


Randis IV, actually the second planet from its star, was a warm, tropical world with one continent and a large rainforest. The planet did not have many mineral resources. The 3028-assessed population of between 3,000 and 5,000 natives was made up mostly of unskilled laborers, hired by the Brotherhood to clear the central rainforest in order to build the repair facilities necessary to attract additional revenues from passing traders. However, little was actually accomplished by the Brotherhood at that time. It now has several spaceports, large farms and rail lines linking each town and indications are that it has the capability to produce ammunition (though not yet components).[1][27]

The Istyn Valley has a river that runs through it and a tropical forest.[30]


The population of Randis looked upon the Brotherhood favorably, actively supporting the unit when at home in almost all of its noncombat needs. Frews still had considerable influence amongst the people after his dismissal, including some who wished to see him return to the position of Grand Knight (though he distanced himself from those expectations). The planet has a democratically-elected government, but defers to the Brotherhood on military decisions and crises. The Brotherhood made the protection of the planet a top priority.[27][31][32]

Source analysis[edit]

  • The description of the Istyn Valley comes from the Clyde Cutler novel, Dark Periphery. However, in spite of its fictional nature, the book is presumed to be describing factual details of the geographic nature of the planet.[30]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (1 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
T Cephei 34.3 New Gascony 91.5 Cooperland 93.9 New Hati 100.9
Lastpost 115.6 Tortuga Prime 117.7 Oscar 131.0 Baltar 134.3
Fletcher's Feast 136.1 New Port Royal 136.9 Ulvskollen 141.3 Fugeres 145.7
Luderitz 149.1 Great Gorge 149.7 Diik 151.4 Famdo 154.3
Mararn 155.4 Merowinger 155.7 Morgan's Holdfast 158.6 Frankson 163.8


  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 1.12 The Periphery (sourcebook), p. 129, "Fiefdom of Randis"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Periphery, 2nd Edition (sourcebook), p. 76, "Fiefdom of Randis"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 238, "Randis Planet Profile"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 Objectives: Periphery, p. 29, "Randis IV"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p, 121, "Taurian Concordat after Age of War [2571], Fall of the Star League [2750] and End of the 3rd Succession War [3025]"
  6. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  7. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  8. Field Manual: SLDF, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  9. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  10. Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 36, "Outworlds Alliance Militia Deployment Map - [2765]"
  11. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  12. The Periphery (sourcebook), p. 157, "Map of the Periphery"
  13. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  14. Era Report: 3052, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  15. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  16. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  17. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  18. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 127, "Taurian Concordat after modern colonization drive (3040) and after FedCom Civil War (3067)"
  19. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  20. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  21. Field Report: Periphery, p. 22, "Filtvelt Coalition Region Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  22. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  23. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  24. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  25. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  26. Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2, pp 41-44, "Universal Truth"
  28. Field Manual: 3145, p. 203, "Fiefdom of Randis"
  29. Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2, pp. 40–42: Dark Periphery and Universal Truth
  30. 30.0 30.1 Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2, pp. 40-41, "Dark Periphery"
  31. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 116, "The Brotherhood of Randis"
  32. Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2, pp. 44-45, "Universal Truth"