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.

''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-20043/Hotpoint+Hunted+Tribes.htm Hunted Tribes]]'' is a ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003[=/=]{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' crossover written by Hotpoint, who also authors ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}''. It offers his usual blend of action, drama and humour.

See also side-/future-story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5404879/1/But_somehow_a_most_melancholy 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:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: 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.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: 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.
* ArtificialGravity: 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. Specifically, because a Colonial Jumpdrive has to compensate for gravitational fields, there's tech built in that allows it to neutralize gravity's influence, meaning that it can neutralize all sorts of gravity- even that of a planet.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: 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.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Starbuck points out that while, yes, Colonial machine guns mounted on their Vipers are pretty much useless against the armor the Wolverines use, the glass canopies that said fighters use are not ''nearly'' as tough, and the same goes for the engines. This on top of Raiders and Vipers being much faster and more maneuverable mean that it's quite possible to get shot down and killed, so, as Starbuck says, don't get arrogant. In fact, exploiting this weakness is ''exactly'' how the Cylons manage the kill they do get in their first encounter with Wolverine fighters.
* BadassBoast: "I bit off a man's ear once, you know." Spoken by Cally as she's being teased by her friends.
* ClarkKenting: 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.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: "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?"
* CurbStompBattle: Adama speculates that out that fear of this was why the Cylons used the "Infiltration computer virus" tactic instead of all out war. He points out that a single forty-year-old Battlestar (which was nearly totally decomissioned) was able to fight off modern Basestars on an even footing, and that mark two Vipers (practically antiques) were capable of wiping out whole squadrons of Raiders. He then goes on to say that fleets of the more modern ''Mercury'' class Battlestars, loaded up with the latest model mark seven Vipers, would have done unholy amounts of damage to modern Cylon fleets.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Cally Henderson marries Geoffrey Cale. Geoffrey's CO reckons it sounds like a pornstar name, but it's worked around simply by Cally using her full first name, Calandra, instead.
* FrickinLaserBeams: 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.
* FixFic: 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.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: A source of friction between the Colonials and the Wolverines is that the Wolverines are very willing to tamper with their own DNA in order to make themselves better, while religious factions in the Colonies see that as tampering in their gods' domain. Admittedly, not helped by the fact that said religious factions have been chased around for a year or two by genetically enhanced cyborgs who wiped out most of their civilization, but still.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Some Terran phrases get adapted into Colonial-appropriate forms. For example, "viper-Ha'la'tha" is used in place of "fighter mafia".
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: 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.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Roslin tries to pull this card regarding Cylon [=POW=]s. The Wolverines respond that they managed to survive a conflict against a brutal, genocidal foe, after which they fled in a rag-tag fleet of starships, hunted for years by their enemies, trying desperately not to be found until they reached New Circe- AKA pretty much the story of the Colonials, minus the robot uprising- and they didn't violate their principles while doing so. They go on to say that Roslin's excuse might fly with others, but given their history, it won't fly with the Wolverines.
* LighterAndSofter: Well when compared to the show anyway, but the bar is set pretty low...
* JustFollowingOrders: The Wolverines savagely disagree with the Pegasus crew's attempts to pull this.
* MightyGlacier: 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.
* MythologyGag: 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.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse, 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).
* OneHitPolykill: 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.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: 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.
* SchizoTech: The Wolverines consider the discrepancy in Colonial capabilities bizarre. The Colonials return the favour, albeit not to the same extent (specifically, they have hyper-advanced weapons technology such as lasers, mecha, and particle beams, but horribly inferior FTL drives, no artificial gravity, and their kinetic weapons stink in comparison to colonial counterparts).
* ShoutOut:
** Thorpe is told not to quote Creator/GeorgeOrwell.
** ''Nike'' chooses an anthropomorphic interface that wears a [[Series/BabylonFive Psy-Corp uniform.]]
*** ''Nike'' also makes a reference to the [[Literature/KnownSpace "Kzinti lesson"]] as she's [[WeaponizedExhaust teaching it]] to the Cylons.
** The Epigraph of chapter 14 is a blatant shout-out to [[Film/IronMan the live-action Iron Man film.]]
* ShownTheirWork: 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.
* TakeThat: 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."
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Cylons about the Wolverines a few times. The Colonials too at first.
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe between Colonials and Wolverines. One standout example is Lee making a crack about [[Literature/TheBible a carpenter getting executed by nailing to a block of wood.]] DudeNotFunny ensued.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to Inner Sphere and Clan tech, Colonial and Cylon ships come up short in terms of armor and firepower... but their fighters are much faster, their kinetic weapons are better, and they have superior FTL maneuverability, and are used to thinking outside the box in order to defeat their foes.

!!The following tropes are exclusive to ''melancholy'':

* AIIsACrapshoot: 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.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: 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.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Nike and Gibson's plan for his Trial of Grievance failed to take into account how he was supposed to brake safely.]]
* LightningBruiser: 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.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Nike.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Cavil wants the new anti-Nike ship to "Fire so many missiles that I can walk over them to get to the other ship."
* MindRape: According to Nike, AIs experience getting hacked as one of these.
* WeaponizedExhaust: 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: Adama chews Nike out for [[spoiler: almost getting Gibson killed with the wild maneuver they planned.]]
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