Rezak's Hole

Rezak's Hole
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Rezak's Hole nearby systems (3151)
Rezak's Hole nearby systems (3151)
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates 418.102 : 339.118[e]

The Rezak's Hole system was the location of at least one barely habitable world or construct and as of 3145 was located in the Periphery close to the border of the Ningxia and Qandahar Prefectures of the Pesht Military District of the Draconis Combine.[1][2]

System Description[edit]

The Rezak's Hole system is located near the Kokpekty and Land's End systems.[3][1][2]

System History[edit]

The Rezak's Hole system became an active pirate base during the mid-thirty-first century for several decades.[4][5][6][7]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

The history of Rezak's Hole is intertwined with that of the pirate group known as the Band of the Damned. The Band first appeared in 3042, and made a reputation for itself by raiding worlds in the Draconis Combine and Outworlds Alliance. Covertly assisted by the corrupt commanding officer of the Seventh Pesht Regulars, the Band of the Damned found rich pickings until the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery dispatched a battalion of the Seventh to track the pirates down. The commanding officer of the Seventh ensured that the Band's pursuers were poorly-equipped and under trained; commanded by Sho-sa Vance Rezak, the detachment from the Seventh pursued the Band of the Damned throughout the Draconis Rift for months before finally cornering them.[29][30] With his JumpShip damaged in the resulting month-long battle with the Band of the Damned, Rezak realized he had been abandoned, and led his command in a desperate all-out assault on the pirates, a battle from which he emerged victorious - and promptly declared himself the new leader of the Band of the Damned, integrating his surviving personnel from the Seventh into the Band, and setting out on a campaign of revenge against the Combine.[31]

Rezak led the Band of the Damned successfully against the Combine, plundering extensively and building up a fortune, expanding into a small pirate empire as Rezak involved himself in a wide range of criminal activity, including slave trading, illegal arms and active piracy. Rezak used some of his wealth to maintain large estates on Antallos and to develop the marginal Periphery world that became known as Rezak's Hole into a covert base of operations, while also establishing a spy network stretching throughout the Inner Sphere.[31]

In 3063/3064 Clan Snow Raven discovered Rezak's Hole while exploring the Periphery; by this point, Vance Rezak was actively working with the Word of Blake and had a Blakist liaison named Operations Agent Smith. The Snow Ravens attacked and seized Rezak's Hole, destroying a lance of aerospace fighters, an armor battalion and three companies of BattleMechs - the location of two of which had been a carefully-maintained Blakist secret.[32][21]

The Snow Ravens used Rezak's Hole as a part of their base of operations in the Periphery, with detachments from Alpha Galaxy in place as garrison.[33][34]

The Jihad[edit]

In 3071 Tai-sa Gretchen Noda of the Tenth Ghost led her unit into defecting from the DCMS. Having taken heavy damage in fighting on Dieron in 3068 when the Word of Blake assaulted the planet - with casualties that included Noda's husband, the former Tai-sa of the regiment - the Tenth had managed to retreat to Ashio, only to be ordered to strike Dieron again in the summer of 3070, despite having received little or nothing by way of supplies and repairs. Noda killed the three Internal Security Force agents known to be operating within the remains of the Tenth before leading the Tenth on a strike at Rezak's Hole.[35]

Noda's troops found relatively few surviving pirates on Rezak's Hole and swiftly mopped the remaining pirates up, recruiting those pirates judged to be sanest into the Tenth as reinforcements. Short on equipment, Noda led the Tenth in a raid on an Interstellar Expeditions (IE) dig on the planet; IE had uncovered a Star League Defense Force cache, and that cache included two lances of Star League era 'Mechs. Renaming the Tenth as the Ronin mercenary company, Noda and her troops took the equipment and managed to leave Rezak's Hole ahead of the arrival of a DCMS patrol, which was responding to the distress call sent by IE.[35]

Military Deployment[edit]

306[edit]

  • Band of the Damned (Elite/Reliable)[36]
- At this point the Band of the Damned were split between Rezak's Hole and Antallos.[36]

3067[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The original Periphery (1988) sourcebook's map section does not show Rezak's Hole. The Pirate King didn't become a pirate until 3049 and wasn't successful enough until the 3050s, when he discovered and settled his advanced staging base. Later maps and sourcebooks for the era mistakenly show this planet being named as early as of 3025.

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (8 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Land's End 21.9 Kokpekty 37.2 Hongor 37.7 Abagnar 45.3
Pusht-i-rud 46.7 Enif 51.6 Korramabad 52.2 Multan 55.7
Takata 64.4 Ad Duwayd 66.7 Huaide 67.0 Soul 72.7
Antallos 73.1 Abiy Adi 73.2 Kamarod 75.1 Tottori 75.2
Nowhere 80.8 Linqing 81.9 Brihuega 82.0 Old Canton 82.4

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Era Report: 3145, p. 39: "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. VI: "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 37: "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: House Kurita, p. 64: "Draconis Combine after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Handbook: Draconis Combine, p. 66: "Draconis Combine after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Handbook: House Kurita, p. 65: "Draconis Combine after War of 3039 - [3040] Map"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Era Report: 3052, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  8. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 16: "Draconis Combine Founding - [2319] Map"
  9. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 16: "Draconis Combine after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  10. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159: "Inner Sphere - 2596"
  11. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii: "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  12. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  13. Field Report 2765: DCMS, p. 25: "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery Deployment Map - [2765]"
  14. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 43: "Draconis Combine after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  15. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 53: "Draconis Combine after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  16. Era Report: 3052, p. 23: "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  17. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 71: "Draconis Combine after Operation REVIVAL - [3052] Map"
  18. Era Report: 3062, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  19. The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 110: "Outworlds Alliance Map - [3059]"
  20. Era Report: 3062, p. 29: "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  21. 21.0 21.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 199: "Band of the Damned"
  22. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 74: "Draconis Combine after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  23. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 42: "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map
  24. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64: "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  25. Field Report: DCMS, p. 21: "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  26. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63: "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  27. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii: "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  28. Era Report: 3145, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  29. The Periphery, Second Edition, p. 83: Vance Rezak's Band of the Damned - Damned working with 7th Pesht's CO so that band could have easy pickings
  30. The Periphery, Second Edition, p. 83: Some details of the battle with Damned and the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Pesht
  31. 31.0 31.1 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 127: "Vance Rezak: Band of the Damned"
  32. Field Manual: Updates, p. 64: "Clan Snow Raven"
  33. Field Manual: Updates, p. 65: "Alpha Galaxy (Swift Wing Galaxy)"
  34. Field Manual: Updates, p. 105: "Recent Events and Current Affairs"
  35. 35.0 35.1 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 23: "Gretchen Noda"
  36. 36.0 36.1 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 144: "Pirates of the Periphery"
  37. 37.0 37.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 79: "Alpha Galaxy (Swift Wing Galaxy)"

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