Sarna Challenge 1: Dark Age Era Reading

This challenge (started on 05 June 2021) is to create an essay (i.e., a page not within the usual BattleTechWiki article space) that will help guide readers unfamiliar with the Dark Age Era through that period, in preparation for the ilClan Era. The focus of this essay (which will be featured on the Sarna Main Page and relevant articles) is to chronologize all the products on CGL's Recommended Reading list (and those that are not) for the era, with brief descriptions of how the product advances the timeline or important events, people, technologies, etc., within.
Additionally, using the consensus process, each of these products will be rated as to how important they are to the reader to understand the Dark Age. (To be clear: we're not rating the product, but the importance of its contents to its influence on the Dark Age era.) The method of rating is up to the team to decide.
This is a group challenge, so early Editors will have the advantage in guiding how it is presented. This challenge is being hosted for collaboration purposes on the Sarna Discord Community, so Editors should check both this challenge's discussion tab and the Discord channel (#wiki-challenge1) prior to making major editorial changes.
The challenge will run until the team of volunteers feel the essay is ready for "prime time", with all material placed between the two broad lines below this statement. Editors, on your keyboards...get set...go!

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Title Years Type Synopsis Importance
Dark Age Turning Points: Liao 3134 Scenario Pack Unnecessary (ex)
Ghost War 31323133 Novel
Call to Arms, A 3133 Novel Optional (ex)
Flight of the Falcon 3134 Novel Must Read (ex)
Target of Opportunity 3135 Novel Must Read (ex)
Sword of Sedition 3134 - 3135 Novel Must Read (ex)
Surrender Your Dreams 3135 - 3138 Novel Must Read (ex)
Masters of War 3136 - 3137 Novel Must Read (ex)
Rending of Falcons, A 3135 - 3136 Novel Must Read (ex)
Bonfire of Worlds, A 3139 - 3143 Novel Must Read (ex)
Forever Faithful 3060 - 3130 Novel Former Clan Smoke Jaguar Star Colonel Paul Moon and the former Smoke Jaguar Star Captain Trent set aside their feud to preserve what's left of Clan Smoke Jaguar and lead them away from the Clan Homeworlds before the rival Clans absorb what is left of their Clan. This novel shows the exodus of Clan Smoke Jaguar and its transformation into the Fidelis.

Significance: This novel adds background on how Clan Smoke Jaguar ended up as special forces of the Republic of the Sphere

Optional
Splinter of Hope, A 3147 - 3148 Novel Optional (ex)
Anvil, The 3148 Novella The Clan Jade Falcon Galaxy Commander Stephanie Chistu is ordered to conquer the Lyran Commonwealth planet Coventry. She receives a strict set of orders from the Jade Falcon Khan Malvina Hazen to force Chistu to fall in line with the Mongol Doctrine. The Lyran defenders are lead by General of the Armies Roderick Steiner and General Jasek Kelswa-Steiner.

Significance: This novella introduces future Jade Falcon Khan Stephanie Chistu as an opposing force to Khan Malvina Hazen and her use of the Mongol Doctrine.

Optional, not necessary to understand the plot of the Dark Age.
Divided We Fall 3149 - 3150 Novella Clan Wolf Star Captain Marotta Kerensky is sent on a mission to win Wolf's Dragoons support in the upcoming fight for Terra. A century after the original Clan Invasion there are still some members of Wolf's Dragoons who are willing to return to Clan Wolf, this leads to a conflict in the leadership of the mercenary unit. This novella introduces the Dominator Clan BattleMech

Significance: This novella adds some background on how Wolf's Dragoons joined in on the invasion of Terra by Clan Wolf.

Optional
Blood of the Isle 3134 - 3135 Novel Optional (ex)
Scorpion Jar, The 3134 - 3135 Novel Optional (ex)
Fortress Republic 3135 Novel Optional (ex)
Wolf Hunters Novel Optional (ex)
Rock of the Republic 3145 - 3149 Novella Optional (ex)
Grey Watch Protocol - The Highlander Covenant (series) part 1 3150 Novel Optional (ex)
Paid in Blood - The Highlander Covenant (series) part 2 3150 Novel Optional (ex)
Honor's Gauntlet 3150 - 3151 Novella Optional (ex)
Children of Kerensky 3121 - 3151 Novel This novel tells the story of how Clan Wolf Khan Alaric Ward and Jade Falcon Khan Malvina Hazen prepared themselves and worked towards fulfilling the ultimate goal of the Clans - conquering Terra and making their Clan become IlClan. It also tells the reader how a way through the The Wall was found.

Significance: Leads up directly to Hour of the Wolf and introduces many characters featured in Hour of the Wolf.

Recommended
Icons of War 3071 - 3077 Novella Clan Wolf Khan Vlad Ward orders Elemental warrior Garmen Kerensky to retrieve the body of Aleksandr Kerensky all the while the Wars of Reaving break out in the Clan Homeworlds and Clan Wolf evacuates Clan Space.

Significance: This novella adds background on how Clan Wolf managed to get in possession of the McKenna's Pride which is used as Clan Wolf flagship during the events of Hour of the Wolf.

Optional, not necessary to understand the plot of the Dark Age.
Hour of the Wolf 3151 Novel The Clans Wolf and Jade Falcon invade Terra and destroy what remains of the Republic of the Sphere on Terra. After the defeat of the Republic, the Clans Wolf and Jade Falcon hold a Trial of Possession over Terra to determine which Clan has the right to be called "IlClan".

Significance: This novel ends the Dark Age and marks the beginning of the IlClan Era.

Recommended
"Grand Theft Agro" 3133 Short Story
"The Running Man" 3098 Short Story
By Temptations and By War 3134 Novel
Fire at Will 3136 - 3138 Novel
The Last Charge 3138 Novel
To Ride the Chimera 3138 - 3139 Novel
Dark Age Turning Points: Vega 3133 - 3137 Scenario Pack
Era Digest: Dark Age 3128 - 3134 Sourcebook
Era Report: 3145 3132 - 3145 Sourcebook
Experimental Technical Readout: Most Wanted Technical Readout
Experimental Technical Readout: Republic, Volume 1 Technical Readout
Field Manual: 3145 3132 - 3145 Sourcebook
Historical: Wars of the Republic Era 3085 - 3145 Sourcebook
Technical Readout: 3085 Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3085 Supplemental Technical Readout
Technical Readout: Prototypes Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 The Clans Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3145 Republic of the Sphere Technical Readout
Technical Readout: 3150 Technical Readout
Shattered Fortress 3146 - 3150 Sourcebook This sourcebook shows the latest developments and military campaigns in the Inner Sphere towards the end of the Dark Age and the ultimate conquest of Terra by the Clans. It also contains scenarios and profiles for selected units. Recommended
Redemption Rift 3138 - 3140 Novel Wolf's Dragoons are once again employed by House Kurita to fight against House Davion, events from Wolves on the Border are referenced frequently. Optional, not necessary to understand the plot of the Dark Age.
Blood Will Tell 3148 - 3149 Novel Danai Liao-Centrella leads troops of the Capellan Confederation in a campaign against the Republic of the Sphere. At the same time, she needs to learn how to become a leader for the people of the Capellan Confederation beyond her duties as a military officer. Optional, not necessary to understand the plot of the Dark Age.
Iron Dawn Rogue Academy Trilogy Book 1 3150 Novel
Ghost Hour Rogue Academy Trilogy Book 2 3150 Novel