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* RankUp: Kai and Doc both get promoted for their hard work. Above them, General Kimmel becomes a Marshal.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Katherine Steiner-Davion, who somehow avoided military service in canon, is noted to be training to join the AFFC Medical Corps.
** Her brother Victor serves as a military officer and diplomatic envoy.



* RankUp: Kai and Doc both get promoted for their hard work. Above them, General Kimmel becomes a Marshal.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Katherine Steiner-Davion, who somehow avoided military service in canon, is noted to be training to join the AFFC Medical Corps.
** Her brother Victor serves as a military officer and diplomatic envoy.
* SoldierVsWarrior: Even more so than in canon.


''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' written by Creator/{{drakensis}} in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.


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''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' fanfic written by Creator/{{drakensis}} in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.


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* ProphecyTwist: The Nova Cats, a clan known for its mysticism, received visions stating a legend must die for their invasion to succeed. As mentioned below in StraightForTheCommander, they start looking for great commanders.[[spoiler: They realize what it truly meant when Kai, piloting a 'Mech his father used on Solaris VII, [[MeaningfulName Legend Killer]] took out the [=IlKhan=]. This fulfilled that part of the vision, but it led to a [[DungeonBypass different route to their objective]]: they made a truce with the Federated Commonwealth, allowing them free passage to Terra, particularly since [=ComStar=] was [[PretextForWar getting]] [[FalseFlagOperation nasty.]] ]]


''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' written by @/{{drakensis}} in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.


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''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' written by @/{{drakensis}} Creator/{{drakensis}} in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.



''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' written by drakensis in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.


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''Along Came A Spider'' is a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' written by drakensis @/{{drakensis}} in 2015 for Nanowrimo. The story re-envisages the Clan Invasion with one key difference: the Federated Commonwealth has known about the Clans for twenty years and prepared accordingly. Kai Allard-Liao and Vladimir of the Wards provide main viewpoints from the frontlines while a broad cast of characters address the political and military developments across the Inner Sphere.


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* WereStillRelevantDammit: [=ComStar=] is screaming this in a political sense. The Federated Commonwealth is hammering their BerserkButton by saying "No you're not." (See EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse above.) Prince Hanse flat out states that 99 percent of [=ComStar=]'s actions are benevolent (their charity work, maintaining interstellar communications, being neutral arbiters). It's the one percent in which the leadership has tried to manipulate the Inner Sphere and assassinating and sabotaging technological progress that isn't in their hands that upsets the [=FedCom=].


* CrowningMomentOfFunny: In the first chapter's ending, a [=ComStar=] briefing has their organization as well as others baffled by [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the new FedCom giving away worlds to the St. Ives Compact and Free Rasalhague Republic]], leaving them wondering if Janos Marik was right in thinking [[BlackMail "Clearly Liao has pictures of Davion molesting goats."]]


* Mrs Robinson: Natasha Kerensky orders Santin to be in her quarters at night. She's 58 years older than he is.

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* Mrs Robinson: MrsRobinson: Natasha Kerensky orders Santin to be in her quarters at night. She's 58 years older than he is.


** Even when the [[Spoiler: Nova Cats]] launch an offensive towards Tharkad, they still see Terra as their overall goal.

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** Even when the [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Nova Cats]] launch an offensive towards Tharkad, they still see Terra as their overall goal.



** The Battle of [[Spoiler: Luthien]] looks like this but actually fails to settle anything, since both sides are crippled by the losses they take.

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** The Battle of [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Luthien]] looks like this but actually fails to settle anything, since both sides are crippled by the losses they take.


* FantasticRankSystem: The Clans play it straight. The AFFC and DCMS may seem to be also following this but their ranks are simply German and Japanese translations of CommonRanks.

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* FantasticRankSystem: The Clans play it straight. The AFFC and DCMS may seem to be also following this but their ranks are simply German and Japanese translations of CommonRanks.UsefulNotes/CommonRanks.

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* PraetorianGuard: Numerous, ranging from the Keshiks that escort the Clan Khans to the various regiments around the leaders of the Successor States. The First Royal Guards fail to live up to this, leading to the Second Royal Guards taking over their prestigious role guarding the Archon when she's on the throne.


* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Battle of Luthien, where seven Galaxies face off against more than twenty BattleMech regiments.

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* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Battle of Luthien, where seven Galaxies face off against more than twenty BattleMech Battlemech regiments.


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* TheCavalry: Right as Kai and his command is about to be overwhelmed by the Steel Vipers, [[spoiler: his sister Cassandra and the Ishara's Grenadiers regiment of the CCAF combat drop]] into the battle to turn the tide.

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* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Battle of Luthien, where seven Galaxies face off against more than twenty BattleMech regiments.

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* BenevolentBoss: Caradoc Trevana to Kai. Candace Liao to Sun-Tzu. Hanse and Melissa in general.


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* GeneralFailure: Sharon Bryan of the 11th Lyran Guards.

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* AcePilot: Kai Allard-Liao, his sister Cassandra, Natasha Kerensky


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* LastStand: Aidan Pryde chooses to die fighting.


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* Mrs Robinson: Natasha Kerensky orders Santin to be in her quarters at night. She's 58 years older than he is.


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* SuperSoldier: The Clans' trueborn warriors.

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