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Authors

Dave Wainio

  • Recommended by Night
  • Come for the excellent Suomi Warders series about a small merc unit on a mission in 3052 and the fact every 'Mech fight was gamed before it was written. Stay for the Warders 3057 and some of the most insane BT fiction you will ever read: Urban Legends.

Erratic_Cheese

  • Recommended by Night
  • Erratic_Cheese's work is, quite simply, the most hilariously screwed-up fanfiction you will ever read for this or any other universe. Palerider's Urbanmech Brigade, the PUB, is here to do their merc-y thing. It'll all end in tears of laughter and metaphors your mind will reject in horror. Though it might be best to skip Preacher Man.

General Fics

''This Was Easier on the Tabletop''

  • Recommended by Panzerfaust150
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A self-insert AU where it's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" meets "Battletech". Better than a lot of self-inserts. Our viewpoint character isn't a Mary Sue. He makes mistakes and has regrets, but it helps to have the ear of Katrina Steiner and Hanse Davion.
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''3049 - Disaster Strikes by Starfox5''

  • Recommended by: Panzerfaust150
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In an AU set in 3049 during the Clan invasion, The clans find an Inner Sphere that has fought FIVE Succession Wars, and is preparing for a sixth, and has enshrined insurgency as a method of making a attacker's life miserable.

New World Order by The Wobbly Guy

  • Recommended by Night
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Drop everything, there's magical lostech to be found! Seven regiments worth of mixed mercenaries in armor, infantry, and 'Mechs bound for the Periphery. Then we add a Galaxy of Clan Jade Falcon, a couple of Goliath Scorpions, the lost heir to the Taurian Concordat, and it all gets pretty ugly. But do remember, the Terran Hegemony kept many secrets, even from itself. And there's always a way things can be worse.
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''Grand Theft Agro'' series by Deadborder

  • Recommended by jackfarrel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An undercover operation spirals horribly out of control when the not only does the target prove to be a lot bigger then expected, but the operative decides to take matters into their own hands. The end result is something akin to a sandbox crime game (hence the title) but (as expected) with Giant Robots. The first part is now official BattleTech fiction, with the rest being a Spin-Off (after a fashion).

Cameron's Legacy by LordsFire (FF.Net version)

  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883, USA Bobcat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Cameron Ivo, brother of a geneticist killed during ComStar's Operation Holy Shroud, carries out a bold plan to bring his native planet Caph into the future. This is his legacy.

By The Horns by Stephen T "master arminas" Bynum

  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The Reunification War-era Taurian Concordat battleship TCS Samantha Calderon misjumps centuries into the future. The knowledge and personnel she has on board may change the Concordat's future... if the rest of the Inner Sphere doesn't destroy her first.

Centurion by Drakensis

  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Stefan Amaris has taken Terra, his coup of the Star League underway. But a single special battleship, SLS Praetorian, with human intelligence and the ability to subvert other drone craft, may be able to save the Inner Sphere from the coming darkness just yet.

The Misadventures of Darius Davion, parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Tokage

  • Recommended by Stealth
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Miles Gloriosus trading on his Davion family name basically ends up being the cause of no end of trouble, occasionally encountering famous personages from the official storyline proper and the occasional in-universe Historical In-Joke. A conniving Dirty Coward and Butt-Monkey who gets what he deserves for his arrogance, and yet perhaps the luckiest sod in the Inner Sphere at the same time, Darius can basically be described as a Composite Character of every one of the eponymous Blackadders at the controls of a Humongous Mecha. If that description doesn't sell it, turn away now. Has a few spelling and grammatical errors and could do with a bit more formatting, but it doesn't really detract from the highly entertaining storyline.

Fragmentation by Kickaha AKA EdBecerra

  • Recommended by Kalaong
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Know your friends, for your enemies will know themselves. Star Lord Ian Cameron and his Star League have made an enemy that will return to haunt ALL sides in the Succession Wars.

Davion & Davion(Deceased) by Drakensis(TV Tropes Page)

  • Recommended by SAMAS and the Ace Of Scarabs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: May 5, 2760. First Prince of the Federated Suns John Davion finds himself haunted by the ghost of Hanse Davion, a descendant who won't be born for a good two hundred years, and has some dire tidings about the future of Star League. As the dominos of history, set up by the previous policies and laws laid down by House Cameron, continue to topple despite his best efforts, John continues to struggle to shift the balance of power in hopes of averting the dire events Hanse warned were about to come to pass.
  • Remarks: On a lesser amusing aside, Drakensis managed to finish uploading the story just before the HBS 2018 Battletech game was released. This story also served to create an omake which spawned the meme of the Combine's Magic Bushido Hands.

Tell The World That We Tried by Valles

  • Recommended by the Ace Of Scarabs
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A CYOA narrative, the protagonist is an SI tossed into the life of Asha Blackwing, a noble who would almost immediately be exiled from the OWA due to the sins of her father. She manages to gather the assets left to her, and starts a mercenary outfit with some intent to try and improve things in the Inner Sphere before the 4th Succession War comes knocking.
  • Remarks: Valles manages to spin a very convincing narrative, with a strong foundation of knowledge of Battletech ensuring that Asha manages to catch some subtle hints and prevent a certain disaster from occuring. Her presence ensures several key historical events are derailed, and she builds a reputation for professional behaviour and excellent conduct while also ensuring her badass credentials get ever more impressive with time. The author has confirmed plans to write more sidestories and a Clan Invasion Era sequel.

False Prophets by Acyl

  • Recommended by templar627
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Synopsis: Com Guard Adept Erin Larkin wakes up on Terra with a head full of otherworldly future knowledge and another lifetime of bizarre experiences, like knowing what the initials 'SI' stand for. She receives word that her noble father is dead, and she's inherited assets belonging to the family's formerly-defunct mercenary unit. Erin returns to her homeworld, Dalian, a border planet in the Free Worlds League, to take command and build up the unit. Com Star is aware of what she's doing.
  • Remarks: An absolute door stopper clocking in at 670k at time of writing, Acyl does a great job of fleshing out the story of Erin Larkin and the Tigers. Some of the biggest strengths of this story is how well the supporting cast is written which really allows for the story to come to life. In addition, Acyl has a very good understanding of the Battletech universe which makes this a great Battletech CYOA.

Heir of the Bruce by LordsFire

  • Recommended by @Anime_Fan35
  • Synopsis: Welcome to Somerset, Clanner Scum.

We've been waiting for you.

Have you met The Bruce, young Rhiannon? As far as the offworlders are concerned, she's the 'Duchess,' but nobody cares much about that around here. She'll be your guide during your brief visit, showing you to such lovely locals as 'Crushing Defeat Canyon,' 'The Mountains of Massacre,' and you can expect your passage through our atmosphere to be marked by attrition.

She's a little hellion, our Rhiannon, and has very special ways of dealing with uninvited guests. Don't take our word for it, you'll learn soon enough.

Crossover Fics
An Entry with a Bang! - A B(attle)T(ech) Roundrobin (Story only thread) (TV Tropes Page)
  • Recommended by GentlemensDame883
  • Status: Never Ever To Be Completed
  • Synopsis: In 3020, a chain of events lead the Federated Suns and the Draconis Combine a front row seat as the backwater Wretched Hive of Antallos is invaded by an unknown force utilizing technology not seen since the Star League... or ever. The new force, the Coalition of Sovereign Nations led by a man named Jack Ryan, is extremely secretive about their origins, but is willing to radically change the Inner Sphere to ensure their safety.

Hunted Tribes - BattleTech/Battlestar Galactica crossover (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by Mandemo, Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: This isn't the Thirteenth Tribe you were looking for, this is the Minnesota Tribe, Clan Wolverine.

Exodus of Stars by keiranhalcyon2010

  • Recommended by Metal King 1417
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Mass Effect crossover. Aleksandr Kerensky has led the war-weary Star League Defense Force on a two year long journey into exile. A chance decision leads to a long-awaited discovery and final proof that humanity is not alone in the cosmos.
  • Comments: There are several interesting changes to the canon that make this interesting, even for a Fusion Fic/AU, one of the most notable being Humanity making a peaceful first contact with the Quarians, as opposed to the usual canon and violent first contact with the Turians. Altogether a good read.
  • Now has a page (under construction) located here

The Ice Duchess of the Federated Commonwealth by Chris O'Farrell

  • Recommended by Angel Form, Night
  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2018
  • Synopsis: AU crossover. After surviving a near-fatal heart attack and handling both the Clan invasion and Capellan Confederation, Hanse Davion has decided to give his son Victor some political experience by appointing him Lord of the Crucis March. One of the first acts of his new office is to oversee the crowning of the Duchess of Arendelle, who has finally come of age. Of course, no sooner does he arrive when he runs into (literally) the new Duchess' fireball of a sister, Anna.
  • Comments: An excellent fusion that fits the places and people of the film seamlessly into the BT universe. Characterisation is excellent on both sides. The first few chapters can be a little heavy on backstory and scene setting exposition, but even if you aren’t interested in the BT background it is well worth sticking with it till the story kicks off in earnest.
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