Fans of BattleTech and those of my most recent book in particular, have been aware that there’s a companion piece “in the works” for a while. Initially, I’d planned on having this e-book done (titled Wars of Reaving: Supplemental) and on the market no later than Thanksgiving of last year.
*checks today’s date*
I’m cautiously optimistic it’ll actually be released sometime in April of this year. Why “cautiously optimistic?” Because as of today, I finally finished all of the writing for it. The material is undergoing a quick review by our crack fact check team and will then go to Ray for his layout genius. How long that takes is highly dependent on how much time Ray can put towards it, considering there are other, larger print projects also on his desk.
Because it took so long is not saying there’s a ton of it in this supplemental publication. Far from it. Most of the page count is record sheets and tables, after all. But there are some gems hidden within, guaranteed.
So why did it take so long?
Honestly, a mix of things – all on my end. For the last few months – up until the last couple of weeks, actually – I was involved in several stressful, constantly behind projects at my full time job. The work was so intensive, so convoluted, and so confusing that by the time I came home, I could barely function during my dedicated freelance time. When I did sit down to write, I had other, higher priority projects that needed my attention. The WOR: Supplemental just got pushed sideways. Repeatedly.
With some changes in the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot more time to dedicate to my freelancing. And I finally picked this up and concentrated on shoving it out the door.
And I think the delay was worth it.
During this interim, I kept jotting down additional ideas about what should be in the Supplemental. Initially, it was only going to be a quick look at the Society and Dark Caste forces, filling in some details that I had to skip in the printed book. Following that, several Random Assignment Tables broken into two periods – 3072 and 3085 – and then all of the record sheets for the ProtoMechs and OmniMechs listed in the book.
As I got to writing, however, my brain hit overdrive. Why not add in ALL the variants for the new equipment? And then add in some special “Z” variants? And why not put in a quick rundown of Strategy and Tactics for the surviving Clans?
Furthermore, as I read my author’s copy of Wars of Reaving (which arrived in December), I found myself pointing out areas where some closure would be good: What’s the history of the Tanis system? What about the new Clan ideologies now at play? What’s the new goals for the Grand Council? Would Stone Lion try to distance themselves from their Horse origins? How would they deal with the aftermath of technology birthed by the Society? And just how devastating was the Reaving War to the Homeworlds?
So…I endeavored to answer them.
Below is the (new) working outline of the Supplemental:
Khans of the Grand Council:
An oft-used adage is one that is trotted out in the aftermath of disaster, noting how those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. While many of our newer blood would prefer to assign those wise words to the tainted people of the Inner Sphere, they cannot. It is an ancient Terran creed—predating even the Star League—and one that has proved correct time and time again.
Even to us, the survivors of the Clans.
Thanks to the diligence of our Watch, this report serves more as a warning than as prediction. Knowing how our enemies from within existed, we can set our sights upon our present and prevent another murderous future. I fear that if there is a next time, none of us will survive.
-Loremaster Julia Danforth
Analysis: The Reavings 30123090
As requested, I have compiled our most recent Watch reports from Loremaster Paik and loaded them onto the system. I have attached a summary of each Clan for quick review to prepare you for the upcoming Grand Council meeting. After looking them over myself, the proposed invasion plan you have in mind stands a very good chance of success—as long as we appeal to each Clans’ interest. As Stanislov N’Buta said, “Appease your enemy’s basest instinct and the mind will follow in blood.”
-saKhan Wyatt Talasko
Update report 15123090
Beliefs and Practices
Sidebar: Political Boundaries
Customs and Beliefs
Tactics of War
What follows is a brief rundown of the Clans’ current war doctrine and strategy. A more detailed report is being compiled for use with our new sibko training programs. This synopsis, with your approval, will be distributed to all warriors of Star Colonel and higher rank to help facilitate intelligent future bidding.
-Loremaster Jackie Ravenwater
Manual of War, Update 31043089
Clan Strategies and Tactics
Discarded Tools of War
Tools of Blood
Random Assignment Tables – 3072
Random Assignment Tables – 3085
Mist Lynx Z
Timber Wolf Z
Savage Coyote Z