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The blurb for it on the video game's Steam page makes it seem like the third DLC's primary aim is adding more Mechs to the game (compared to ''Flashpoint'' adding a few but mostly focusing on, well, Flashpoints, and ''Urban Warfare'' adding cities and ECM), and the wording kind of goes out of its way to explicitly use the word "unseen". Given how comprehensively Harmony Gold have been slapped down recently in lawsuits related to the Unseen, and Catalyst has already showed off new designs for several of them, it seems pretty likely we're going to see Mechs like the Marauder.

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The blurb for it on the video game's Steam page makes it seem like the third DLC's primary aim is adding more Mechs to the game (compared to ''Flashpoint'' adding a few but mostly focusing on, well, Flashpoints, and ''Urban Warfare'' adding cities and ECM), and the wording kind of goes out of its way to explicitly use the word "unseen". Given how comprehensively Harmony Gold have been slapped down recently in lawsuits related to the Unseen, and Catalyst has already showed off new designs for several of them, it seems pretty likely we're going to see Mechs like the Marauder.Marauder.
* CONFIRMED! The Marauder, Phoenix Hawk, Rifleman, Archer, and Flea are among the Mechs being added, along with a brand new one created specifically for the game.


** The Periphery is very much an ethnic blender, where nobody has a distinct ethnicity. Except Dr. Murad, who is distinctly Arabian, suggesting she doesn't come from the Periphery.


** It's unlikely Kamea would be the subject of a KillAndReplace because the major players in the war all know her personally. She's working with old friends and fighting family members, meaning an imposter would have to be ''exceptionally'' good to fool such close personal relations consistently. It would be much safer and easier for Comstar to have an unknown ingratiate themselves with the movement's key players than replace someone everybody involved knows on a personal level.



** Her skills could have made her an enormous asset for any of the Successor States, but she was somehow able to freely move between the Free Worlds League, Lyran Commonwealth, Capellan Confederation, and Magistracy of Canopus, without ever be tied down by one of those factions.

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** Her skills could have made her an enormous asset for any of the Successor States, but she was somehow able to freely move between the Free Worlds League, Lyran Commonwealth, Capellan Confederation, and Magistracy of Canopus, without ever be tied down by one of those factions. She's also something of an expert on Lostech, which is highly valuable everywhere, but especially to Comstar.


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** The Periphery is very much an ethnic blender, where nobody has a distinct ethnicity. Except Dr. Murad, who is distinctly Arabian, suggesting she doesn't come from the Periphery.


* A Poison Oak hypothesis that ties in to this is that ''the Kamea Arano the player interacts with after recovering the Argo is NOT the real Princess but is in fact a Comstar doppleganger''. This hypothesis has its roots in the canon novel ''The Sword and the Dagger'' happening in the same time period, where Comstar influences Capellan black ops into running an attempt to KillAndReplace Hanse Davion with a body double imposter. Naturally, Madeira is a Comstar agent running as a handler for both her and yourself, as you are groomed into being effectively a Comstar-loyal successor for Mastiff. The coup was really the opportunity that Comstar took when Victoria's forces actually ''did'' kill the original Kamea shooting down her dropship, with the doppleganger neatly reappearing after a sufficient time period to pretend that she faked her death.

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* A Poison Oak hypothesis that ties in to this is that ''the Kamea Arano the player interacts with after recovering the Argo is NOT the real Princess but is in fact a Comstar doppleganger''. This hypothesis has its roots in the canon novel ''The Sword and the Dagger'' happening in the same time period, where Comstar influences Capellan black ops into running an attempt to KillAndReplace Hanse Davion with a body double imposter. Naturally, Madeira is a Comstar agent running as a handler for both her and yourself, as you are groomed into being effectively a Comstar-loyal successor for Mastiff. The coup was really the opportunity that Comstar took when Victoria's forces actually ''did'' kill the original Kamea shooting down her dropship, with the doppleganger neatly reappearing after a sufficient time period to pretend that she faked her death. Lord Karosas may be complicit in this plot, passing her the SLDF Codebreaker utility that "was taken from a dead (ROM) Precentor".



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** Jossed with regards to ''Urban Warfare'', but there's hope for ''Heavy Metal'' yet.


The blurb for it on the video game's Steam page makes it seem like its primary aim is adding more Mechs to the game, and the wording kind of goes out of its way to explicitly use the word "unseen". Given how comprehensively Harmony Gold have been slapped down recently in lawsuits related to the Unseen, and Catalyst has already showed off new designs for several of them, it seems pretty likely we're going to see Mechs like the Marauder.

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The blurb for it on the video game's Steam page makes it seem like its the third DLC's primary aim is adding more Mechs to the game, game (compared to ''Flashpoint'' adding a few but mostly focusing on, well, Flashpoints, and ''Urban Warfare'' adding cities and ECM), and the wording kind of goes out of its way to explicitly use the word "unseen". Given how comprehensively Harmony Gold have been slapped down recently in lawsuits related to the Unseen, and Catalyst has already showed off new designs for several of them, it seems pretty likely we're going to see Mechs like the Marauder.


The Argo clearly has space for a second Leopard or similar-sized craft but you never get one. They may be saving it for the DLC. Maybe ''Urban Warfare'' will have one that carries not mechs but other vehicles and possibly infantry to support your lance, while the final DLC will focus on larger scale battles and give you access to an Overlord class that finally allows you to deploy a second lance.

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The Argo clearly has space for a second Leopard or similar-sized craft but you never get one. They may be saving it for the DLC. Maybe ''Urban Warfare'' will have one that carries not mechs but other vehicles and possibly infantry to support your lance, while the final DLC will focus on larger scale battles and give you access to an Overlord class that finally allows you to deploy a second lance.lance.

[[WMG:''Heavy Metal'' will let you acquire Unseen Mechs]]
The blurb for it on the video game's Steam page makes it seem like its primary aim is adding more Mechs to the game, and the wording kind of goes out of its way to explicitly use the word "unseen". Given how comprehensively Harmony Gold have been slapped down recently in lawsuits related to the Unseen, and Catalyst has already showed off new designs for several of them, it seems pretty likely we're going to see Mechs like the Marauder.

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*** There's actually a realistic answer to this conundrum: Bore length. The biggest factor in range of a gun is not weight of projectile, it's the amount of propellant and length of barrel, which must be matched to avoid wasted energy. An 8-inch naval gun as mentioned above, has a barrel 11 meters long, plus an extra 2-ish meters for the breech, and that's not including the space behind the gun needed to load the shell, and into which the entire gun recoils upon firing. Added to that, the autocannons in Battletech are all autoloading burst-firing guns, so the rear of the gun must have a relatively complex loading system! The upshot of all this is that AC/10s and AC/20s are quite short barreled weapons for their caliber, akin to howitzers - but being used in a direct-fire role. By a top-heavy fighting vehicle that cannot spread it's recoil across a set of spuds or even four wheels. Howitzers get their range by firing in a high arc. AC/s don't do this, and probably can't use as heavy a propellant charge either. So, the AC/2 is akin to a real life anti-aircraft gun, AC/5s to many tank and tank destroyer guns, AC/10s to a high(er)-velocity version of the KV-2's 150mm howitzer, and AC/20s are basically an 8-inch mortar loaded with armor-piercing shells.




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\n* Yang may also be in on it. He ''just happened'' to have been carrying enough explosives with him to obliterate the SLDF cache "to keep it from falling into the Taurian's hands" despite the fact they didn't show up until he and Kamea were already inside. This would be consistent with Operation Holy Shroud, keeping such advanced technology out of the hands of the periphery. The fact Kamea is clearly unhappy about this turn of events would seem to go against the above theory that she's a Comstar plant, unless of course [[RightHandVsLeftHand she's either not part of the same chain of command as Yang]] or else is some kind of ManchurianAgent who isn't even aware she's not the real Kamea (either of which wouldn't be out of character for an organization like Comstar).



Instead of merely going down with the ''Iberia'', the rampant ''Locura'' drone AI would find a way to keep significant portions of its code alive and fragmented in the Aurigan Reach's communications space. Years later, a Word of Blake Dropship, one of the last ones left, would flee in the direction of the Reach with a HPG on board. It picks and and broadcasts the ''Locura'', and the signal slowly but surely engulfs the rest of the Inner Sphere, taking out HPG stations everywhere.

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Instead of merely going down with the ''Iberia'', the rampant ''Locura'' drone AI would find a way to keep significant portions of its code alive and fragmented in the Aurigan Reach's communications space. Years later, a Word of Blake Dropship, one of the last ones left, would flee in the direction of the Reach with a HPG on board. It picks and and broadcasts the ''Locura'', and the signal slowly but surely engulfs the rest of the Inner Sphere, taking out HPG stations everywhere.everywhere.

[[WMG:''Urban Warfare'' and/or the final DLC will add a second DropShip and/or playable tanks and possibly other combined arms]]
The Argo clearly has space for a second Leopard or similar-sized craft but you never get one. They may be saving it for the DLC. Maybe ''Urban Warfare'' will have one that carries not mechs but other vehicles and possibly infantry to support your lance, while the final DLC will focus on larger scale battles and give you access to an Overlord class that finally allows you to deploy a second lance.


* A Poison Oak hypothesis that ties in to this is that ''the Kamea Arano the player interacts with after recovering the Argo is NOT the real Princess but is in fact a Comstar doppleganger''. This hypothesis has its roots in the canon novels happening in the same time period, where Comstar influences Capellan black ops into running an attempt to KillAndReplace Hanse Davion with a body double imposter. Naturally, Madeira is a Comstar agent running as a handler for both her and yourself, as you are groomed into being effectively a Comstar-loyal successor for Mastiff. The coup was really the opportunity that Comstar took when Victoria's forces actually ''did'' kill the original Kamea shooting down her dropship, with the doppleganger neatly reappearing after a sufficient time period to pretend that she faked her death.

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* A Poison Oak hypothesis that ties in to this is that ''the Kamea Arano the player interacts with after recovering the Argo is NOT the real Princess but is in fact a Comstar doppleganger''. This hypothesis has its roots in the canon novels novel ''The Sword and the Dagger'' happening in the same time period, where Comstar influences Capellan black ops into running an attempt to KillAndReplace Hanse Davion with a body double imposter. Naturally, Madeira is a Comstar agent running as a handler for both her and yourself, as you are groomed into being effectively a Comstar-loyal successor for Mastiff. The coup was really the opportunity that Comstar took when Victoria's forces actually ''did'' kill the original Kamea shooting down her dropship, with the doppleganger neatly reappearing after a sufficient time period to pretend that she faked her death.


Star charts of the Inner Sphere in the later decades would continue to hold a small region between the Capellans, the Canopians, and the Taurians that would remain outside their control all the way into the Dark Ages - perhaps Comstar decided to keep a significant portion of the politics there under control and out of sight of the Federated Commonwealth and the Clans. This region also implies that the Aurigan Reach ceded some worlds to the Taurians at some point, then claimed other worlds that were lost when the Taurian Concordat broke up in the Dark Ages.

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Star charts of the Inner Sphere in the later decades would continue to hold a small region between the Capellans, the Canopians, and the Taurians that would remain outside their control all the way into the Dark Ages - perhaps Comstar decided to keep a significant portion of the politics there under control and out of sight of the Federated Commonwealth and the Clans. This region also implies that the Aurigan Reach ceded some worlds to the Taurians at some point, then claimed other worlds that were lost when the Taurian Concordat broke up in the Dark Ages.Ages.

[[WMG:Poison Oak - The ''Locura'' would later go on to cause the Dark Age in the 32nd century]]
Instead of merely going down with the ''Iberia'', the rampant ''Locura'' drone AI would find a way to keep significant portions of its code alive and fragmented in the Aurigan Reach's communications space. Years later, a Word of Blake Dropship, one of the last ones left, would flee in the direction of the Reach with a HPG on board. It picks and and broadcasts the ''Locura'', and the signal slowly but surely engulfs the rest of the Inner Sphere, taking out HPG stations everywhere.



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* Another possible hypothesis is that Farah Murad, specifically, is an undercover Comstar operative:
** She's described as a "wunderkind" skilled in bringing dead ships back to life - exactly the sort of person that Comstar would either kill or recruit.
** Her skills could have made her an enormous asset for any of the Successor States, but she was somehow able to freely move between the Free Worlds League, Lyran Commonwealth, Capellan Confederation, and Magistracy of Canopus, without ever be tied down by one of those factions.
** She effectively sabotages the mission to Castle Nautilus by unleashing the locura, attracting the attention of the Taurians and forcing Yang to destroy the facility (and the potential Lostech inside it) in order to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
** She traps the locura inside the black box that led you to Castle Nautilus in the first place, rendering it unusable.



It is highly likely that someone in our outfit is sympathetic to the Comstar cause and helps us succeed in order to ensure all the sweet Lostech we recover is in good shape for future retrieval.

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It is highly likely that someone in our outfit is sympathetic to the Comstar cause and helps us succeed in order to ensure all the sweet Lostech we recover is in good shape for future retrieval.retrieval.
* A Poison Oak hypothesis that ties in to this is that ''the Kamea Arano the player interacts with after recovering the Argo is NOT the real Princess but is in fact a Comstar doppleganger''. This hypothesis has its roots in the canon novels happening in the same time period, where Comstar influences Capellan black ops into running an attempt to KillAndReplace Hanse Davion with a body double imposter. Naturally, Madeira is a Comstar agent running as a handler for both her and yourself, as you are groomed into being effectively a Comstar-loyal successor for Mastiff. The coup was really the opportunity that Comstar took when Victoria's forces actually ''did'' kill the original Kamea shooting down her dropship, with the doppleganger neatly reappearing after a sufficient time period to pretend that she faked her death.

[[WMG:As an extension of the idea that Comstar has a deliberate hand in the Aurigan Reach politics, they also hid as much knowledge about the region as they could.]]
Star charts of the Inner Sphere in the later decades would continue to hold a small region between the Capellans, the Canopians, and the Taurians that would remain outside their control all the way into the Dark Ages - perhaps Comstar decided to keep a significant portion of the politics there under control and out of sight of the Federated Commonwealth and the Clans. This region also implies that the Aurigan Reach ceded some worlds to the Taurians at some point, then claimed other worlds that were lost when the Taurian Concordat broke up in the Dark Ages.




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\n[[WMG:The Player's merc band in the 2018 game is influenced by Comstar in some fashion]]
Let us count the ways:
* We have the Argo, a Lostech (civilian) Dropship of great value.
* During the Story campaign, we recover Star League knowledge in the form of a memory core...
* ...and commandeer Royal-class SLDF mechs recovered from a Castle Brian.
* Our campaign leads us to play Kingmaker, pitting us against a Directorate that resorts to brutalities that might remind some people of the Usurper Amaris in order to put a grateful and more moderate princess on her throne.
It is highly likely that someone in our outfit is sympathetic to the Comstar cause and helps us succeed in order to ensure all the sweet Lostech we recover is in good shape for future retrieval.

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