In another universe, Colonial Lieutenant Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson would have discovered an uninhabited planet that the remnants of humanity would have settled on. In this universe, however, the planet has been colonised by Clan Wolverine. Relations are rough and hesitant, but there must be cooperation, for the Cylons are still out there, the Inner Sphere is pesky, and the Clan invasion awaits.Hunted Tribes
is a Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)/Battletech
crossover written by Hotpoint, who also authors XSGCOM
. It offers his usual blend of action, drama and humour.
See also side-/future-story But somehow a most melancholy
, where an expedition finds a damaged warship. The problem? It's a Caspar drone craft, and both sides of the expedition have reasons to be distrustful of it...
This fanfic contains examples of the following:
- Aliens Speaking English: How convenient that there was a Greek-speaker on the spacecraft intercepting Racetrack's Raptor. On the other hand, the need for interpretation and translation efforts between Caprican/Greek and English is a running effort.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Adama discusses with Roslin how the Wolverines are genetically engineered to be superior to baseline humanity, he concludes by mentioning that they are on average taller.
- Artificial Gravity: The Colonials have it, the Wolverines don't, and it's the purported reason for why Kearny-Fuchida drives cannot jump into gravity wells the way Colonial Jumpdrive can.
- Artistic License - Biology: Hera is said to have type O blood, which is apparently totally unknown among Colonial humans. O type blood is a recessive trait, meaning that Karl would have had to be at least a carrier of the allele which statistically speaking would require that previous Colonials possessed that type. In addition the canon explanation for the cancer-curing properties of her blood was a combination of human and Cylon red blood cell surface proteins, type O is characterized by an absence of such proteins.
- Badass Boast: "I bit off a man's ear once, you know." Spoken by Cally as she's being teased by her friends.
- Clark Kenting: Gina, the Number 6 Cylon who blew up the Cloud Nine in canon, reveals that she's been doing this when she asks the Wolverines for asylum.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: "Where the frak have you been and why the frak couldn't you have gotten here before I nearly ruptured myself manhandling a new FTL drive into that wreck over there?"
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The Colonials are initially surprised by the Wolverines having weaponised lasers, but eventually get around to installing energy weapons on Vipers and the Battlestars. Colonial kinetics are better than Wolverine ones though.
- Fix Fic: A number of things the writer didn't like about the show's canon namely:
- The End.
- A explanation to both why the cylons spines glow and how the final five came to be that makes more senses than the show's.
- I Should Write a Book About This: Racetrack makes a quip about Wolverine history that makes it sound strangely like the RTF's and then says it should be made into a show.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Roslin tries to pull this card regarding Cylon POWs. The Wolverines respond that they managed to survive a conflict with a genocidal foe without resorting to summary executions, and that most cultures would have bought Roslin's argument, but they won't.
- Lighter and Softer: Well when compared to the show anyway, but the bar is set pretty low...
- Just Following Orders: The Wolverines savagely disagree with the Pegasus crew's attempts to pull this.
- Mighty Glacier: Wolverine fighters can't maneuver nearly as well as Vipers or Raiders, but they can take a lot of fire and their counterattack rips Raiders apart like tissue paper.
- Mythology Gag: Zarek says early on that people would have wanted to settle down even if there had only been an empty planet.
- Lee goes through a fat stage.
- Kasey (the little girl Starbuck was told was her daughter) was not separated from her mother, but when she was given a blessing, the priestess' blessing directly references the events of canon New Caprica.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, the crew of the Pegasus after Cain's actions. On a more humorous note, Lance the Cat for Romo Lampkin, who has become his unofficial mascot against his wishes (he doesn't even like the cat).
- One-Hit Polykill: Wolverine PPCs and Lasers can punch through several Raiders in a row. The autocannons frequently kill entire Raider squadrons in one burst using cluster rounds.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: After the ineffective battle between the Cylon Fleet and the SLDF fleet, Caprica Six, who had been assured by a One (Cavil) that "The Thirteenth has no FTL drives," tracks down the Cavil and breaks his nose. Knowing that there had been so many losses in that battle that it took three weeks for her to finally get resurrected, the Cylon fleets in full retreat to protect their assets from a feared counter-attack, and that the SLDF proved very conclusively that they did have FTL technology, the One admits that he probably deserved it.
- Schizo Tech: The Wolverines consider the discrepancy in Colonial capabilities bizarre. The Colonials return the favour, albeit not to the same extent.
- Thorpe is told not to quote George Orwell.
- Nike chooses an anthropomorphic interface that wears a Psy-Corp uniform.
- The Epigraph of chapter 14 is a blatant shout-out to the live-action Iron Man film.
- Shown Their Work: As with most of his stories, Hotpoint has author's notes after every chapter explaining exactly where in the original works every character, plot-twist and gadget in the chapter was pulled from and how the new ideas make sense in context.
- Take That: The epigraph of chapter 19 starts by giving the opening narration of Battlestar Galactica ("Life in here began out there"), sounding stirring and noble... and then said that this was not the place for it, and if you believe that you should be attending "Colonial Theology" or "Ramblings from the Lunatic Fringe 101."
- Underestimating Badassery: The Cylons about the Wolverines a few times. The Colonials too at first.
- Values Dissonance: In-universe between Colonials and Wolverines. One standout example is Lee making a crack about a carpenter getting executed by nailing to a block of wood. Dude, Not Funny! ensued.
The following tropes are exclusive to melancholy:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The reason for the distrust of Nike - Colonials see her as an overgrown Toaster, Wolverine ancestors had to fight through her kind to get to Terra in the Amaris Coup.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Thanks to Nike, the Cylons get a taste of getting beat at EW and don't like it one bit. They are forced to de-network their systems to fight back and are starting to build a proper Battlestar to fight her rather than relying on the thin-hulled carriers that Basestars are.
- Didn't Think This Through: Nike and Gibson's plan for his Trial of Grievance failed to take into account how he was supposed to brake safely.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Some Vietnamese from Kowloon are characters. This may be just a holdover from BT canon, where there really is a planet called that, but in Real Life Kowloon is part of the very Chinese Hong Kong. (It's actually a reference to another Battletech fanfic series, in which the planet Kowloon is settled by Vietnamese Montangards, Jews, and other refugees, led by the Ngo family. Lengthy multi-generation series by an author known as "Cannonshop", mostly posted on the Battletech forums.)
- Lightning Bruiser: Nike, after being repaired. Battleship-grade weapons and the best EW suite in the galaxy for offense. Battleship-grade armor and absurd system redundancies for defense. Far better speed and maneuvering than any other capital ship in existence. All of this is on a destroyer hull.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Nike.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Cavil wants the new anti-Nike ship to "Fire so many missiles that I can walk over them to get to the other ship."
- Mind Rape: According to Nike, AIs experience getting hacked as one of these.
- Weaponized Exhaust: Nike kills a Base Star by flying at it, flipping over, and turning her drives to full overthrust. The Base Star gets literally cut in half by the drive plume.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Adama chews Nike out for almost getting Gibson killed with the wild maneuver they planned.