The Spider Dances

The Spider Dances
Product information
Type Novella
Author Jason Schmetzer
Pages 70
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Publisher BattleCorps
First published 18 May 2011
Era Star League era (Age of War)
Timeline 2466
Series Proliferation Cycle
Preceded by A Dish Served Cold
Followed by The Trickster

The Spider Dances (Proliferation, Part VI) (full title), by Jason Schmetzer, is the sixth story in the Proliferation Cycle and narrates how the Capellan Confederation first obtained BattleMech technology. It was released together with a BattleCorps Exclusive bonus, a Technical Readout for the Dragonfire aerospace fighter featured in the story.

The original sixth story in the series, Machine Nations, was submitted by Loren Coleman but it reportedly fell through due to an unspecified fact checking problem and could not be salvaged. The story had already been announced as the final installment of the series and became one of the more prominent cases of BattleTech vaporware until it was formally replaced by The Spider Dances after six years.

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Alone of the Great Houses, House Liao lacks BattleMech technology. The Maskirovka is willing to expend any sum--any asset--to secure the war machines for the Chancellor's armies.

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