INN News Report
Princess Katherine Steiner’s popularity continues to increase throughout the Lyran Theater of the Federated Commonwealth. The Skye province has returned to normal, the fires of rebellion having been quelled by an increased humanitarian and police presence. Refit kits and new equipment are still being rushed to the clan front to hold the line and rebuild the shattered AFFC with FWL industry.
Katherine had prepared her whole life for the role of Archon and now she had it, but there were a lot of things she hadn’t anticipated on dealing with, like the looming Clan threat. The speed and ferocity of their attack had only been blunted at great cost to the Inner Sphere, the only thing that held them back was their own sense of honor. She racked her mind to come up with a way to deal with them, they were a threat so alien and so human at the same time.
The Wolf’s Dragoons had come clean about their clan ties several years ago, she was there on Outreach with the other Successor Lords and their Heirs. Colonel Jamie Wolf would be able to enlighten her on more specific workings so she started up a correspondence with the man asking him various questions not covered in the materials he had presented then or later.
Regardless she needed to project enough confidence that the Lyran people would be fine so she started training with the Bodians, the LIC’s elite training cadre, and restarted Battlemech training in secret, it was unfortunate because she needed to cut her beautiful hair to fit in a neurohelmet. She still refused to join the AFFC, she didn’t want to be seen as a soldier like her brothers. They could have all the “glory” in combat, she was more interested in making sure the Clans didn’t roll over her nation without a fight.
That required a Battlemech unfortunately, the ultimate war machine. She owned four, her grandmother, the Legendary Red Corsair’s storied Warhammer, her late Fiancee Galen Cox’s Crusader still bearing the scrapes and orange HV stripe from Solaris, a new Griffin, and a battered but functional Wasp. Every day when she had completed the training exercises she would find herself in either the Warhammer or Crusader, they were all she had left of the people who once piloted them.
As weird as it sounded she would hop into the cockpit and just talk and ask questions to their former owners, it was completely preposterous and she could only imagine what her brother would think of that if he knew. Would he think it an idle fancy, start of madness, a woman who speaks to soulless weapons of war, or did he do the same with Father’s Battlemaster? At least Galen’s Crusader had been doing good work before he was killed, not the good work of killing bad people, but saving people in need from the cold uncaring world around them.
INN News Report
The tragic death of Joshua Marik on New Avalon has apparently been covered up by Archon-Prince Victor Steiner-Davion who replaced the young man with a double. Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao and Captain-General Thomas Marik have launched a retribution campaign against their former worlds in the Federated Commonwealth’s Sarna March. Victor’s sister Princess Katherine has been ratified as Archon by the Estates General and activated the Emergency War Powers clause of the FedCom Accords to secede the Lyran Theater from the Federated Commonwealth, renaming it the Lyran Alliance and ordering an immediate withdrawal of the traditionally Lyran units from the Sarna March back to the pre fourth succession wars borders of the original Commonwealth.
Now Archon Katherine Steiner(-Davion) exited the Estates General after delivering her acceptance speech and activating the FedCom’s Emergency War Powers clause, the FWLM and CCAF were intent on reclaiming some of the worlds that her Father had “liberated” from them during the Fourth Succession War. Most of those worlds were useless and nothing but a money pit, needless distractions and potentially far more dangerous to attempt to defend, let them have them back.
Those Lyran Garrisons were needed on the Clan Front and her fool brother sought a Fifth Succession War for some worthless rocks. So she had to make the hard choice, if she seceded then Thomas Marik would have no reason to stop shipping the refit kits to her own forces. “Grand” Duke Morgan Kell immediately formed his own little fiefdom on the Clan Border in protest, foolish Kell Hound. Her diplomatic contact informed her that her brother demanded an immediate audience from Castle Davion half the universe away.
The Archon walked into the bowels of the Triad alone, before arriving at the door she sought, a pair of Battle Armored Royal Guardsmen stood guard over the insulated doors, whatever was said in there was for the Archon’s ears only. They opened the room and saluted as she walked past into the spartan room.
The Holotank was an engineering marvel, her parents despite their issues with COMSTAR in the past had spent lavishly to bulk out the HPGs connecting the Federated Suns and Lyran Commonwealth so much that real-time holography between Tharkad and New Avalon was a very expensive but possible thing.
There were only three things in the room, a dais, camera rig, and projector, she walked up to the dais, a computer generated male voice emanated from it, Authorization needed, she place her hand over the scanner, Archon Katherine Steiner, authorize
The lights dimmed except over her, Confirmed, 10 seconds to virtualization
Katherine was a little giddy, not only was she in charge now for real but it was not everyday you got to sling a hologram of yourself halfway across the universe tying up a dozen HPGs at the same time. Her brother, Victor’s hologram appeared, it was obviously virtual but looked nearly lifelike and very angry.
Katherine what are you doing? I trusted you to lead the Lyran state while I was on New Avalon, now you abandon all of the Sarna March and dissolve the Commonwealth
Now she was angry, I trusted you to treat me as an equal partner in this. Why didn’t you just tell Thomas Marik that Joshua died? The NAIS can’t save them all and it’s not like the League would turn down Kroner or Pounds for a death by natural causes. Your bumbling attempt to cover up his death with one of father’s convoluted plans threatens a Fifth Succession War while we still have the clan threat to deal with. I can’t support that so I’m suspending the FedCom Accords, now we will be separate but equal.
Our parents would be turning in their graves if they learned you have decided to embark on such a bold power grab. I demand that you repatriate the Federated Suns Theater forces and their jumpships immediately, I will defend the Sarna March myself if I must.
You will have them returned in due time but not before you can’t do that, you will have to find some other war to fight.
Victor disconnected, Katherine felt immensely satisfied to say that to his face. She was born to rule the Lyran State, this was the culmination of all her life’s struggles and little victories, validation beyond measure. Now she just needed to make herself a legend worthy of her bloodline, Victor would be a flash in the pan, just another warrior prince lost to the meat grinder of history, her name would be etched into its very bedrock.
The problem of the clans still remained but she had a plan to deal with them and now was the best time.