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Offline Lukoi

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Clan Watch Reports
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:52:49 PM »
Honored Khans and Clan Leaders, the Watch's Executive Summary - (Week 42, 3062)

Dire times indeed for the Clan forces in the Occupation Zone, as the Draconis Combine wasted no time in launching a series of raids against the Wolves and the lone Adder sector there, resulting in a newly launched sector assault against Stanzach.  While it is unknown, with what forces if any, the Star Adders defend those planets at this time it can only be regarded as full-blown war between the Combine and the remaining invasion Clans.  This will likely further incense the Grand Council to repudiate the Truce of Tukkayid as you know.

Within the previous weeks, successful blooding raids were launched by the Wolves, Falcons and Adders and attempts by the Lyrans, Exiles and their proxies were rebuffed.  How long these combats remain mere raids as pressure from the Combine increases however, is anyone's guess.  It is very likely the Falcons and Wolves will feel compelled to launch assaults into Lyran and Exile space in an effort to forestall gains by the DCMS "behind them."

Of particular note is the resurgent Falcons seemingly locked in just such a conflict with the Wolves-in-Exile.  With each side launch raids into each other's space, it seems highly likely the Falcons will escalate these raids to full-blown assaults in the near future.  While these two have only fought once previously, there is a great deal of rhetoric going back and forth between various leaders and as the Falcons are known for their slavish, even rigid reverence for the Clan way, recent accusations by the Exiles regarding dishonorable practices by the Falcons will only incense them further.  This front bears watching in the coming days.

In the Homeworld Cluster, the Wolves were successful in securing Paxon in a Trial of Possession versus Clan Diamond Shark.  While the latter is only recently emerging from the sleep that has taken hold over many of the Homeworld Clans, they fought well, blooding the more experience Wolf Touman, although the seasoned Wolves could not be overcome through mere effort.  The Sharks will have much to learn in the coming months, as the Cluster continues to grow as a battleground.  More fleets within the Cluster are being tracked now by the Watch than previously, with forces undoubtedly posturing for raids seen arriving in jump points all along the space.  We merely wait for the batchalls to occur that will send these forces into combat as these smaller Clans continue to vie for the limited resources available.

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Re: Clan Watch Reports
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 06:59:08 PM »
Honored Khans and Clan Leaders, the Watch's Executive Summary - (Week 43, 3062)

The Clans remain largely consumed with Trials of Possession in the Homeworlds Cluster, pitting Clan versus Clan, and with the battles in the Occupation Zone which threaten to expand with more speed in coming days. 

Clan Wolf seized Paxon from Clan Diamon Shark in the Harvest Trials and Clan Star Adder and Clan Snow Raven battled mightily on the continents of Atreus II, with CSA emerging victorious.  Recent reports show that Wolf suffered significant losses in the Trial of Possession for Cesis, with units of the 7th Falcon Cluster leading the Jade Falcons to victory there.  While these Trials of Possession continue to occur, as resources are battled over and consolidated within the Cluster, at least for the most part, Blooding Raids and spats have diminished between the five active Clans.

This is timely as the Draconis Combine throws it's might against the Adder sector of Stanzach.  Knowing of Stanzach's isolation from the other Adder power centers, the Combine's dropships appear to be taking a rather leisurely three day burn in to the surface of the first planet they intend to hit within the sector, presumably to keep their Mechwarriors and Aerospace pilots in the best possible shape for the fight.  Over two clusters of Theta Galaxy pilots and machines, newly emplaced in the sector, are on hand to repel the invasion.

Similarly, combat along the Wolf and Falcon portions of the OZ have been in the heat of battle as well. 

Twice the Wolves have repelled Combine raids in the Carse and Kobe sectors, and in retaliation, the Wolves have launched their own strike against Alshain, the sector recently seized from the Bears by the Combine.  With current Clan intelligence provided by the Watch and the remaining Ghost Bear leaders available, knowledge of industry, factories, defensive positions and key terrain have already been relayed to the Wolve's Golden Keshik, who is leading the raid.  Surprisingly, the Lyrans have also chosen to escalate matters by launching a mercenary led sector assault into Carse, perhaps in an attempt to capitalize on any weakening of forces caused there by the recent Combine raids.  Our indications are that the Wolves stand ready to repel the mercenaries known as the Northwind Highlanders, a unit with a significant reputation and lineage they trace back to the original Star League.  Whether they have retained the skill of their forefathers will be displayed within days.  Our initial reports indicate the Wolf Aerospace assets have managed to divert the burn-in of the Highlander Dropships however, forcing their landings to occur at other, as yet to be determined locations. How this will impact their cohesion in the face of the Wolves will play out in the coming days.

Additionally, those same Highlanders are leading a raid into the La Grave sector of Jade Falcon territory, only a week after the demoralizing defeat of the Exiles versus the Falcons in the Waldorff sector.  With the Falcons recently revitalized by forwarding their entire core, first line component of the Touman into the OZ, this seems a gamble, but clearly whomever is paying these mercenaries are less concerned with the lives of money-warriors and stravags and merely wishes to gauge resolve by such a move. 

Ultimately, honored leaders, the Occupation Zone continues to see escalations on all sides here and soon a call to arms will likely have to be answered by the Grand Kurultai.  Watch analysts are of course, not privy to the machinations of those of this august assembly, but with logistics changes happening that we can observe, coupled with these aggressive maneuvers coreword, it is only a matter of time before things come to a head.  We estimate that within only weeks of the completion of the ongoing Harvest Trials, this lust of battle will overcome cooler heads and spill out between the Clans.  How you choose to channel it, or fail to, will determine our fate as a society.

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Re: Clan Watch Reports
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 01:53:34 AM »
Honored Khans and Clan Leaders, the Watch's Executive Summary - (Week 44, 3062)

The Harvest Trials remain a large focus within the Homeworlds, with Toumans battling back and forth over a variety of planets and resources.  Within the Occupation Zone, the Clans have seen significant success in rebuffing enemy advances and are even now, moving forward with limited counter-pushes. 

Clan Star Adder's Winged Viper Cluster managed a successful, albeit limited defense, against the cream of the Draconis Combine.  It is uncertain when they will attack again, but Watch reports it will likely coincide with the end of the month, bleeding into December (Terran Standard Calendar).  Whether or not the Adders can hold out again is unknown, given their limited presence within the OZ and their lack of production facilities within the region, but it is known they reformed the garrison after the Combine's most recent attempt.

Clan Wolf defeated a Lyran sponsored attack into Carse and successfully bloodied the same Combine forces in Alshain, demanding a down-payment in blood for the crushing blow suffered by the now hibernating Ghost Bears. Additionally, within these last weeks, they've successfully carried on another raid into Kelenfold, taxing the Lyrans for their folly in sending mercenaries into Carse.  Reports are sparse from the fighting, but indicate the Northwind Highlanders suffered significant losses in the attack.

Clan Star Adder claimed victory against the Ravens in a ritualistic affair on Gatekeeper, seizing the planet for themselves.  While these Harvest Trials do not suffer the presence of observers, it is rumored the ever pragmatic Snow Ravens suffered little in the way of actual losses in their defeat.  In fact, the usually tight-lipped Adders inserted quite a bit of praise for the "honored foes, the Snow Ravens," at the end of the battle.

Clan Diamond Shark has challenged the Wolves for Londenholm.  That the Wolves would even fight for such a small prize remains of interest to the watch and rumblings from the Homeworlds continue to gain volume, as Clans bite back and forth over the inequities perceived by some Clans, in the manner in which these Trials are being fought.

The Watch has conducted significant analysis of both troop movements, communications intercepts and the political statement and would note to this august council, that a schism is very likely to emerge if things continue at this rate.  While certainly no match in resources and size compared to the Invader Clans, the Homeworld Clans clearly enjoy a local numbers advantage spinward, and the Wolves and Falcons would be hard pressed to defend all of their Homeworld Cluster worlds if they were suddenly attacked in multiple locations.  Whether things develop to such a distracting degree remains to be seen.

With these recent successes however, come more threatening portents of disagreement between the Clans, which may well shatter what fragile peace exists between them as these battles steer towards larger conflicts, which will prove to be a sure detriment for any hopes for success in the OZ.

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Re: Clan Watch Reports
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 09:10:10 PM »
Honored Khans and Clan Leaders, the Watch's Executive Summary - (Week 46)

Warriors all, the Watch sees troubling times ahead for the Clans.  For all of our recent good fortune against the Inner Sphere forces, the cracks and fissures within our own great enterprise become more and more evident with each passing day.  The Harvest Trials come to a close, but with that end comes rancor and resentment, all traits unenviable in any leader who would call themselves a child of Kerensky or his exalted eight hundred and yet the signs are there.

While we remain beholden only to this council, lacking an ilKhan, we have refrained from digging too deeply into the machinations of the many Clans, in an effort to not shy away from our mandate as servitors of the Clan, but current winds bring to our ears, troubling concerns that this council must hear and we counsel you to address.

Before we address those concerns, let us first acknowledge the tactical and operational events of recent days, so that the context is fully understood by the Council.

As to the aforementioned Harvest Trial, Kirin fell to the Winged Viper and Sky Fang Clusters of the Star Adders in brutal fighting against Alpha Galaxy of the Diamond Sharks.  The blunting of the Adders in the swamps and bogs of Kirin's lower continent of Vagoda was a true testement to the skill and dedication of the Sharks, who were only to be overwhelmed on the Kirin's lone moon, and in fighting around the forests of Krin's capital before the fighting ended in a pyhric victory for the Adders.  Both sides reduced Binaries were attrited so badly that only three, limping and nearly weaponless Adder mechs were all that remained to claim the planetary capital in the fourth and final battle.

Now, the Falcons and Wolves remain to fight the final battle of the Harvest, with the fate of Suffolk hanging in the balance.  Already a reinforced cluster of Wolves sits planetside, watching the uncontested burn to planetside of an even larger force of Falcons, as both sides have bid away aerospace assets for control of the planet.  With safecon offered to the Falcons, their Dropships are expected to land within the next several days and for combat to begin in earnest almost immediately afterwards.

Tactically, the front along the OZ has largely stabilized.  Within the occupation Zone, the Falcon's launched a blooding raid into the planet of Danzibar 16, wiping away a corrupt and impotent planetary militia and then staging a series of duels against a force of mercenaries sent by the Federated Suns to investigate the planet's drop from the HPG communications network.  The 79th "Raptor's Talons" Cluster of the Falcon Touman successfully prosecuted the battles against a surprisingly honorable mercenary foe.  This is further changing our understanding of the differences between how some mercenaries within the Inner Sphere are significantly different than the bandit caste scum we found in the Periphery and among our own backwater worlds that are worth attention only for the effort taken to wipe them from existence.

Additionally, the Falcons easily held off raiding Lyrans as the Falcons reinforced and cemented their gains in the newly acquired Arc-Royal sector.  Within 24 hours, another raid launched by the Falcons is expected to make planet fall among three of the planets in the Lyran Pandora sector, will see the returning Raptors Talons back in action after no respite from their earlier raid on Danzibar-16.  Whether or not these Binaries will have been able to make the needed repairs and maintain their people through injury and combat wounds, will be demonstrated in close combat on these planets.

The raid by the Wolve's Golden Keshik went as expected on Irece, with them blooding the Nova Cats effectively.  Whether this will blunt Nova Cat efforts in the future is unknown, but clearly they seem to have lost some of the protection of the Draconis Combine benefactors they relied upon previously in rattling their sabers. 

Ultimately, these events, combined with the utter collapse of the Wolves in Exile along the Arc-Royal salient points to gain after gain for the Clans.  But herein lies the calm before the storm as the Watch sees it.

Constant communiques between the Clans, unit movements, and recent industrial ramp ups clearly point to multiple Clans furthering their war machines but we must counsel this Council that all of these signs do not point to renewed efforts within the OZ, but point instead to brewing warfare among our own.

It is clear from recent intercepts (cultivated largely in passing, not in direct efforts to monitor our own, a clear sign to the recent apathy among our own regarding operational security - but that is another matter), that there is significant resentment brewing.  The smaller Home Worlds Clans feel they are not given equitable opportunity for the limited resources available for capture, further incentivizing them to band together against potentially larger Clans.  Others resent the political manueverings and machinations of their rivals that they feel distinctly lack honor, even as we all struggle to adjust to the post-Truce paradigm that is our reality.  Multiple Clans chafe at the lack of efforts to repudiate the Truce, seeing it as yet another method by which rivals yoke and marginalize them.  At this time, the Watch has discovered two of the largest Dropships already under construction across Clan Holdings, a relatively unheard of purchase in these times and forces earmarked for immediate deployment. Mechs numbering in the hundreds have been seen marshaling across multiple planets, but without declared IS targets.  These marshaling efforts, industrial ramp ups across multiple factories and few if any launching sites into IS territory (especially along the truce line) indicate that something else must be afoot.  Watch analysts concur that Inter-Clan efforts are the most likely answer and clearest danger to our future plans.  Reining in and addressing these issues soon, may be the only thing that forestalls outright war between the Clans and frankly we reassert our recommendation for a search for an ilKhan among the Council.