History TabletopGame / Battletech

10th May '16 9:51:17 AM MadCat221
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* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: The Clans use an agent called [=HarJel=] in their Elemental Battle Armors. If the suit is damaged, [=HarJel=] acts like a sealing agent and also sterilizes suffered wounds and numbs the pain of the wearer. It is also uses to instantly seal ruptured hulls of spaceships. The secret behind it's mass-production is closely guarded by one Clan and thus the product is highly valued throughout Clan Space and the Inner Sphere.

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* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: The Clans use an a biological agent called [=HarJel=] in their Elemental Battle Armors. If the suit is damaged, [=HarJel=] acts like a sealing agent and also sterilizes suffered wounds and numbs the pain of the wearer. It is also uses to instantly seal ruptured hulls of spaceships. 'Mechs can make use of them too in similar situations, and combining then with underwater maneuvering units and functionally submersible weapons makes them capable underwater combatants. The secret behind it's mass-production is closely guarded by one Clan and thus the product is highly valued throughout Clan Space and the Inner Sphere.
10th May '16 9:48:01 AM MadCat221
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* KarmaHoudini: Katherine Steiner-Davion, who was responsible for fracturing the Federated Commonwealth to satisfy her lust for power, not only survived the Civil War, [[spoiler: but even lived to the age of at least 100 as a warrior for Clan Wolf.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: Katherine Steiner-Davion, who was responsible for fracturing the Federated Commonwealth to satisfy her lust for power, not only survived the Civil War, [[spoiler: but even lived to the age of at least 100 as a warrior for Clan Wolf. Karma did catch up to her in a way: her "son" created from genetics of her and her brother Victor and born from an Iron Womb [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her]] when her megalomania reared its ugly head again and threatened his Clan.]]
10th May '16 9:34:15 AM MadCat221
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* {{Portmanteau}}: The Timber Wolf's Inner Sphere reporting name Mad Cat came to be when Precentor Focht was analyzing Phelan Kell's mech blackbox. The targeting system, not having data on the Timber Wolf, couldn't decide if it was seeing a Marauder (MAD) or a Catapult (CAT), constantly switching between MAD and CAT.

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* {{Portmanteau}}: The Timber Wolf's Inner Sphere reporting name Mad Cat came to be when Precentor Focht was analyzing Phelan Kell's mech blackbox. The targeting system, not having data on the Timber Wolf, couldn't decide if it was seeing a Marauder (MAD) or a Catapult (CAT), since the Timber Wolf had visual similarities to both, resulting in the targeting system constantly switching between MAD and CAT.
26th Apr '16 8:20:11 AM PatPayne
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** The ''Spider'' gets this treatment as well, at least in its earlier incarnations -- due to the mech's small size, the cockpit is largely located in the torso, and the placement made putting in an ejector seat too difficult to accomplish.
** A borderline case exists with the stock Succession Wars-era ''Vindicator''. It does have an ejector seat, however, the head-mounted laser has been known to... interfere... sometimes with the ejection process, leading to messy results.


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** And it's gone full circle with the new Classics redesigns for the Unseen, which shed many of the artistic hallmarks of [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross the source material]] in favor of a more unified art style in line more with recent art whils till honoring (as far as copyright law will allow) the original designs.
26th Apr '16 8:01:27 AM PatPayne
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* AdventureArchaeologist: [=LosTech=] prospectors and Clan Goliath Scorpion's Seekers.

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* AdventureArchaeologist: [=LosTech=] prospectors and Clan Goliath Scorpion's Seekers. Also Snord's Irregulars, who were spun off from Wolf's Dragoons to be this trope explicitly.
12th Mar '16 7:30:41 AM Yalsaris63
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** For conventional vehicles, the Demolisher epitomizes what [[TankGoodness tanks]] [[{{BFG}} should]] [[TheDreaded be]].
3rd Mar '16 6:48:08 AM damus2300
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** Stefan Amaris is defeated and Terra us liberated but the Terran Hegemony is mortally wounded. Without it to mediate, the Successor States are once again on the way to war over who will lead the Star League. General Aleksandr Kerensky was Terra's only hope but he and his army left the Inner Sphere rather than get caught up in the squabbles of the Great Houses. The Hegemony hobbled along the next couple years until it was finally finished off by the [=ComStar=] takeover.

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** Stefan Amaris is defeated and Terra us is liberated but the Terran Hegemony is mortally wounded. Without it to mediate, the Successor States are once again on the way to war over who will lead the Star League. General Aleksandr Kerensky was Terra's only hope but he and his army left the Inner Sphere rather than get caught up in the squabbles of the Great Houses. The Hegemony hobbled along the next couple years until it was finally finished off by the [=ComStar=] takeover.
2nd Mar '16 9:29:18 PM damus2300
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* PyrrhicVictory: The Jade Falcons came out victorious over the Wolves during the Refusal War, but thanks to some strategic victories by the Wolves as well as a successful repelling of a concentrated assault on the Kell Hounds, the Falcons were ultimately in no position to resume the invasion of the Inner Sphere, and were forced to absorb the remaining Wolves in order to re-bolster their strength.

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* PyrrhicVictory: PyrrhicVictory:
** Stefan Amaris is defeated and Terra us liberated but the Terran Hegemony is mortally wounded. Without it to mediate, the Successor States are once again on the way to war over who will lead the Star League. General Aleksandr Kerensky was Terra's only hope but he and his army left the Inner Sphere rather than get caught up in the squabbles of the Great Houses. The Hegemony hobbled along the next couple years until it was finally finished off by the [=ComStar=] takeover.
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The Jade Falcons came out victorious over the Wolves during the Refusal War, but thanks to some strategic victories by the Wolves as well as a successful repelling of a concentrated assault on the Kell Hounds, the Falcons were ultimately in no position to resume the invasion of the Inner Sphere, and were forced to absorb the remaining Wolves in order to re-bolster their strength.
23rd Feb '16 4:50:46 AM MacronNotes
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** Not just light mechs, either. The [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Highlander Highlander]], a ''90 ton Assault class mech'', has jumpjets that allow it to DFA. Doing so is called the Highlander Burial, and can easily result in an instant kill by crushing the targeted mech's cockpit. Even without the likelihood of a cockpit crush, landing 90 tons of 'mech on another will do [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]] to even another assault 'mech.

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** Not just light mechs, either. The [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Highlander Highlander]], a ''90 ton Assault class mech'', has jumpjets that allow it to DFA. Doing so is called the Highlander Burial, and can easily result in an instant kill by crushing the targeted mech's cockpit. Even without the likelihood of a cockpit crush, landing 90 tons of 'mech on another will do [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]] damage to even another assault 'mech.
8th Feb '16 7:22:16 PM PaulA
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** Several famous mercenary units referenced popular culture. Examples included [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fighting Urukhai]] and [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension Team Banzai, led by the mysterious "Dr. B. Banzai."]] (Team Banzai was integrated enough into the setting once upon a time to play at least a bit part in the ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse Warrior]]'' novels. [[MythologyGag A certain watermelon]] even managed to [[ChekhovsGun become plot relevant for just one crucial moment]].)

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** Several famous mercenary units referenced popular culture. Examples included [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fighting Urukhai]] and [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Team Banzai, led by the mysterious "Dr. B. Banzai."]] (Team Banzai was integrated enough into the setting once upon a time to play at least a bit part in the ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse ''[[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Warrior]]'' novels. [[MythologyGag A certain watermelon]] even managed to [[ChekhovsGun become plot relevant for just one crucial moment]].)
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