Welcome to my site

Welcome to my site based on my Mechwarrior Roleplaying game character Shaan Solberg. All accounts are fictional and from the view of that character. I will be adding sections and items as we go.

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Website Update 6/6/17

Updated the Chapter Session section to become Chronicle Summaries so they could be broken down by story then by chapter. Also noted in the Chronicle Summary page that there would be no writeup for Chapter 6 and 7 since as a player I was not there, and therefore Shaan wasn’t active (and what he was active for I am unaware of the situation exactly).

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First Painted Fig – Sins of Kali

The Sins of Kali

Out of Game Post – I haven’t painted a mech in 25 years, so yesterday I painted Shaan’s mech. Not my happiest paint job, part of the problem was I didn’t like the purple. I guess people think it looks fine, but to my color-blindness it looks horrible, so I heavily dry brushed it so it looked good to me.

Because of that I didn’t do a lot of detail, I may go back and change that in the future, but I have several mechs to paint (and they will all be different colors until I find a combination I like).

I took several pics and found what HD really does and how it illustrates what I didn’t like. However, I didn’t want to strip it down so I think it is a decent battle fig. I will start painting the others soon, and yes this will be the fig I use for Shaan until I get another wolverine and try a much different color.

So I introduce to you….. The Sins of Kali, a WVR-6M Wolverine.

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Added Other Sites

I added my other blog sites to the menu on the side. They include the following:

  1. Luckyslife – my personal blog
  2. Accidentally Gay – blog for my experiences (and now hubby’s) with his transition.
  3. The Call of Althara – currently active game, seeking more players.
  4. Strange Journeys – A GURPS version of Call of Cthulhu, solo game for hubby.
  5. A Candle in the Warp – A GURPS space/shadowrun solo game for hubby.
  6. Second String General¬†(SSG) – My video game Let’s Plays.
  7. Things You Should Know (TYSK) – Educational videos I make about accounting, history, etc.

I always feel cross promotion is a good thing ūüôā

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PL: Defiance and Verloren

Chapter: CH5: Goblins and Gremlins
Related Logs: None

After what happened last night at the Goblin Market, I thought I should talk a little about my history with Delta Academy and Prison.

I was incredibly fortunate, after 2 years of graduate school at the Delta Academy, I graduated in the Top 5 of my class.  I was selected to join Defiance Industries (along with Wulf Brouton and Konrad von Graff).  It was a dream job that included a citizenship visa and being able to start working in the Experimental Projects Lab (EPL) in late 3004.  The EPL program was headed by Director Erich Kempler, with the majority of funding coming from the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces (LCAF). I was even approved for clearance since all work was classified Top Secret.

During my¬†five years with Defiance, I¬†worked on numerous projects. I was one of the top of my field, bet even so,¬†other EPL designers seemed to take the lead over me.¬† Perhaps this was discrimination since¬†I¬†was not Lyran by birth, however I couldn’t prove that.

Throughout my time at Defiance, I saw Director Kempler as an ambitious task-master ass who showed little concern for long hours or dangerous experiments taking place under his watch.

After the lab accident with Konrad von Graff, the Director distanced himself from Konrad and eventually replaced him.  Konrad received a severance package (and a gag order) but the funds barely covered his continuing medical expenses. This is when I lost track of him, which is my fault.

When Archon Katrina Steiner came to power in 3007, both the EPL team and Delta Academy were under intense scrutiny from Lyran Intelligence.  The sharing of military secrets with foreign powers was deemed too dangerous and many talented engineers found themselves out of work.  If I was not married to a Lyran citizen, I would likely have been terminated as well.

Erich Kempler continued to work with Defiance, even receiving a promotion and a new crop of young, Lyran engineering students. ¬†I was moved to less ‚Äėsensitive‚Äô work but I found it fulfilling none the less. I knew my House of origin¬†was getting in my way, but I had Heida and Luna and that was enough.

A few years later, I crossed paths with Kempler again.  This time Kempler was working as an outside consultant for the LCAF, using his connections with Defiance to advise the Defense Department.

By accident I discovered that Kempler was gathering engineering designs (weapons, battlemechs) and smuggling them out of the Defiance plants.  These included the original doctoral projects from the Delta Academy. All of my classmates work was being stolen.

Kempler had also been conspiring with agents working for House Davion.  Those agents were planning an attack on Kalidasa, my homeworld in the Free Worlds League.  The attack would follow movements of Lyran forces that would pull FWL forces away from Kalidasa (though the Lyrans were not participating in the plan).

I had only a few¬†moments to to try and stop this. I used my clearance and¬†extracted the data and contacted Rene Chirac, a jump-ship captain from the FWL. ¬†I would say the gods were with me as he was on planet when this happened.¬†I sent the data with Rene while I¬†went back for Heidi and Luna. Rene got away, I however saw Lyran Intelligence waiting for me. I couldn’t put my family through any more hardship then they would go through now, so I surrendered myself to them there.

I was arrested and held in a federal prison on Hesperus II awaiting trial.  With my extracted evidence against Kempler now off-world, it was my word against Kempler’s as to who was the conspirator.  In a few short weeks, I was found guilty. Honestly I was surprised the trial lasted that long.

Once convicted, I stayed on Hesperus for nearly a year in solitary confinement.  Without much warning, I was taken off-world.  I will probably talk about my experience there later.

After a month of deep space travel, I and several other prisoners¬†were incarcerated on a small planet named Verloren.¬†The funny thing is in English Verloren means “lost”.¬†The planet had only a few settlements and was more of an outpost.

There were a variety of high-profile, high-risk prisoners here from across the Inner Sphere and the Periphery.  There was virtually no communication to the outside world and media coverage was limited at best. I never even heard of the Civil War until I got out.

In time, my good behavior and background caught the attention of his district warden, Heinrich Bohmer.  The warden wanted to put my ability with tech repair/design to good use. He had me work on repairs around the facility, and evidently my progress was so well noted that I received special privileges from the warden.

Eventually this is where I met with other ‚Äėfavorites‚Äô of the warden:

Stefan Kasperov is a smuggler, thief, and con-artist who was wanted by all five of the Houses.¬† He was well connected within the prison and his natural charm won Shaan over quickly.¬† The litany of charges against him were too long to list, but we bonded¬†over ‚Äėcorporate espionage.‚Äô

His last ‚Äėjob‚Äô involved impersonating corporate officers of Coventry Metal Works and securing millions for fake R&D projects.¬† He provided fake plans to battlemechs supposedly in development at rival Defiance Industries.¬† He peddled the same plans to Trellshire Heavy Industries ‚Äď pretending to be from Coventry Metal Works.¬† He believes that the Lyrans have only kept him alive because the funds were never recovered.

Izumi Matsumoto is a Draconis Combine mechwarrior that had been held in the prison for nearly two decades.  After his lord was slain by a Lyran raid, he took it upon himself to secretly travel into Steiner space to exact revenge.  His plan was successful but during his apprehension, he was gravely injured by a grenade blast.  In his time at Verloren, he has lost his sight but still seems to navigate the cat-walks and hallways with grace and precision.

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Mech: SHW-3S Shadow

My Note: This mech was a design I came up with that would satisfy speed, armor and firepower at the 55 ton range.

SHW-3S Shadow

Production Information

Manufacturer: None at this time
Tech Base: Inner Sphere 3025  (some experimental)
Production Year: 3020
Model: SHW-3S Shadow
Class: Medium Recon
Designer: Shaan Solberg

Technical specifications

Mass: 55 tons
Chassis: Lang T2 (utilizing Endo-steel equivalent experimental infrastructure)
Armor: Maximillian 45
Engine: 275 CoreTek
Communications System: Tansech Omni-7
Targeting Tracking System: Tansech C30-97
Cruising Speed: 54km/h.        (5 hexes)
Maximum Speed: 86.4 km/h (8 hexes)
Jump Jets: Pitban LFT-50
Jump Capacity: 150 meters.   (5 hexes)
Armament:
1x Fusigon Particle Projection Cannon (PPC)
2x Martel Model 5 Medium Lasers
6x Magna 200 Small Laser

Weapon Heat: 22
Heat Dissipation: 14

Total Armor Points: 185
Head:          (09)  Center Torso/Rear  (26/10)
Left Arm    (18)         Left Torso/Rear  (20/6)    Left Leg (26)
Right Arm (18)      Right Torso/Rear  (20/6) Right Leg (26)

Internal Structure Points: 91
Head:          (03)    Center Torso (18)
Left Arm    (09)         Left Torso (13)    Left Leg (13)
Right Arm (09)      Right Torso (13) Right Leg (13)

BV: 1,430
Cost: 5,084982 C-Bills

Link to Mech Record Sheet: Shadow (55ton)

BACKGROUND

This mech was designed to engage in guerrilla warfare. Long periods away from ammunition resupply meant a reliance on the Fusigon Particle Projection Cannon, Martel Model 5 Medium Laser and Magna Small Laser.

The armor was maximized to increase field use, while the internal structure was refit with a new steel composite enabling less material and opening up more weight capability.

VARIANTS

None at this time.

 

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Mech: PRM-3R Preying Mantis

My Note: This mech was a design I came up with that would satisfy speed, armor and firepower at the 35 ton range.

PRM-3M Preying Mantis

Production Information

Manufacturer: None at this time
Tech Base: Inner Sphere 3025  (some experimental)
Production Year: 3020
Model: PRM-3R Preying Mantis
Class: Light
Designer: Shaan Solberg

Technical specifications

Mass: 35 tons
Chassis: Argile H/10 (utilizing Endo-steel equivalent experimental infrastructure)
Armor: Kalidasa Ceramic
Engine: 210 GM
Communications System: Tansech Omni-7
Targeting Tracking System: Tansech C30-97
Cruising Speed: 64.8 km/h.   (6 hexes)
Maximum Speed: 97.2 km/h (9 hexes)
Jump Jets: Northrup 12000
Jump Capacity: 180 meters.   (6 hexes)
Armament:
1x Magna 200 Small Laser
4x Magna II Medium Lasers
Weapon Heat: 13
Heat Dissipation: 13

Total Armor Points: 119
Head:          (09)  Center Torso/Rear  (17/5)
Left Arm    (12)         Left Torso/Rear  (11/5)    Left Leg (16)
Right Arm (12)      Right Torso/Rear  (11/5) Right Leg (16)

Internal Structure Points: 58
Head:          (03)    Center Torso (11)
Left Arm    (06)         Left Torso (08)    Left Leg (08)
Right Arm (06)      Right Torso (08) Right Leg (08)

BV: 954
Cost: 3,214,148 C-Bills

Link to Mech Record Sheet: Preying Mantis (35ton)

BACKGROUND

This mech was designed to engage in guerrilla warfare. Long periods away from ammunition resupply meant a reliance on Magna MK II Medium Laser and Smalltech Small Laser. The armor was maximized to increase field use, while the internal structure was refit with a new steel composite enabling less material and opening up 2.5 more tons.

VARIANTS

None at this time.

 

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Ch 5: Goblins and Gremlins

Location: Solaris VII
Date:          January 4, 3020
After Action Reports: None
Personal Logs:¬† Still coming…

The results of the match between the Sabretooths and the Eagle Eyes resulted in a lose for the Eagle Eyes and Evelyn in the hospital. It sounds like she will lose her right arm, and if she recovers it will be months. It is unlikely she will ever be a mechwarrior again.

We were told that more members of the Kabal had arrived on planet. A Dr. Wendell Lombard and his daughter Dr. Mackenzie Lombard. Both incredibly good scientists. In addition a man name Sebastian Gerard is on planet as well. We are still unsure how all of it fits together, but already a lot of people here.

The next few days involved us looking around and attempting to find out what has happened. Our job was still to find information, and to perform recruiting if we can. Antares had a good idea, a tournament to attract people into the testing pods. That way we might see some of the unattached mechwarriors and if they are worth recruiting.

While Antares worked on setting up the pods and doing his administrative magic, VJ and I went to work on programming thee pods themselves. That went really well, but when I came out of the session I saw that Hellana had called six times. I texted and called back and the only response was a male voice saying she couldn’t come to the phone right now. So I took my security and Simone and went down to her stable to find her.

We arrived and found Hellena had been beaten and threatened. I convinced her to take her daughter, her aunt and uncle and come with us. As we were leaving we saw some of the representatives of who owned the stables approach us. It was going to be a fight, but I got a call from Stefan, from prison. He said he would give me an hour to set up things for Hellena as long as I took her to the Goblin Market the next day. Since this might present our only chance to get there, so of course I agreed.

We received the tickets, two VIP and 6 general admission tickets. Antares decided he did not want to attend the VIP area because it was too risky for him. He seemed to forget that Olivia was clear when we got to planet they wanted us to try and get access. I really like Antares, but he avoids any danger to himself at all costs. I think this may be problematic not just outside of the mech, but in the middle of a battle.

The one other thing Antares has kept talking about, is doing some serious “interrogating” of Hellena. I jokingly wave him off, but I don’t think he understands that I was willing to spend my entire life in a Lyran Max facility for something I believe in, I will do what is necessary to protect probably the last person in the world I trust.

With the help of Lavenia-Rose we arrived at the VIP and were escorted around. It was Hellana, myself and Henry. I accidentally met with Dr. Mackenzie Lombard on the flight into the VIP area. She was incredibly nice, not what I expected for a Kabal member. We window shopped for awhile, until we can across an ultra-AC5 that was used by the rifleman. I immediately put a bid on it and I think I may have won.

Lavenia-Rose, VIP escort

Because of that bid, they took us more seriously and walked me into an even more private area and I saw so many Star League era collectibles, including a beautiful Grand Survey set of maps that Heidi would have loved. As I looked at the maps, Mackenzie Lombard arrived and looked at the maps, followed by another lady. They talked for awhile and Mackenzie then placed $5 million c-bills as a bid. The other lady looked so sad. I walked up and looked at the map and mentioned how nice it was, she looked up at me quickly and something was familiar about her.

She asked if it was me, Shaan. I immediately recognized her, it was Heidi. What the hell was Heidi doing there. I was stunned when Henry came running in saying they grabbed Hellena so I needed to go. Heidi said she would contact me.

I was taken to the Goblin King. There I met the Black Knight, who I met earlier in the bidding (and who had killed Hellena’s husband), a second group from the Kabal with Kei (and probably Konrad under armor) and the king himself with his aid. Hellena was brought forward and an argument over buying her items, her contract, etc. I told the King I just wanted to buy her freedom.

The end result was a three way duel, 2 on 2 on 2. Henry will be my second, the Black Knight and his side kick, and Kei with someone else. Everything is on the line, the mechs, Hellena, etc. Each side gets to bring in 105 tons of mechs.

Henry and I have this.

 

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