In my dreams it comes to me, leaping from the dark
corner of my mind that hides all the things I would rather forget. I try to
ignore it, but it has the persistence of a million gnats. In vain, my
subconscious throws up a defensive screen. I knows me in all my guises -
warrior, lover, carouser - and it hungers for me.
I never see the shape of the cat. It never shows
itself as the sleek, black-furred, ruthless predator I judge myself against each
waking moment. It comes as the specter I most fear and as the object of my
greatest desire. It rushes through my blood like adrenaline before combat,
sweeping me high above my enemies. From my superior position I sneer down at
those others' pathetic attempts at victory. Those others will never feel the
intense, glorious sensations overwhelming my body and mind - the air smells
impossibly crisp and clean, blades of grass caress my bare feet in a tantalizing
embrace, I see each pinion of the brilliant emerald feathers of my rivals as
they fall upon their foes. I have surpassed even the great birds.
None can assail me. Like Icarus I fly, higher and
higher, until, like Icarus, I fall. The wind burns my cheeks, my eyes fill with
water, the ground opens like a gaping black maw to swallow me - I fall back into
my weak, cluttered mind. And another shape stirs in the dark corner of my
-- From random mutterings recorded during a Clan Nova Cat MechWarrior's convalescence in a ComStar hospital while recovering from injuries received on Tukayyid.
farseeing, deadly. The Nova Cats are unique amongst the warrior Clans. More
philosophers and dreamers than warrior, these children of Kerensky differ from
their brethren in that they rely heavily upon mystic visions which tell the
future. While the other Clans scoff at the Nova Cats reliance of visions, it
should be noted that a surprising number of these predictions have come true.
Nova Cat's first Khan, Phillip Drummond, is the only one succeeded in Clan
history by his own child. Sandra Rosse rose quickly through the ranks. When it
became apparent that her father's health was failing, Sandra challenged him to a
Trial of Grievance and took his place as Khan. Following in her father steps,
Khan Sandra Rosse guided the Nova Cats to many victories and helped set the
standards to which all Nova Cat warriors adhere to. Chief amongst her
contributions was giving her Clan a spiritual way of life.
the Golden Century, the Nova Cats, along with the Diamond Sharks, amassed
tremendous wealth speculating on Clan explorations and mining. Khan Sandra Rosse
allowed the Nova Cat merchants the freedom to do their jobs as they saw fit.
This action contributed greatly to the Cats' future success.
Clans often point to the fact that Clan Nova Cat was the only Clan forged by a
member of the Exodus who did not belong to the Star League Defense Force to
explain that Clan's unconventional nature and sometimes disturbing customs. The
freedom they allow their merchant caste, their emphasis and reliance on
innovative economic measures, and their deeply spiritual nature set Clan Nova
Cat dramatically apart from Nicholas Kerensky's other descendants. The
beginnings of these policies can be traced directly to the founder of Clan Nova
Cat, Phillip Drummond, and to the influence of Anna Rosse.
ilKhan Kerensky met with the Khans of the other invading Clans to discuss the
plan that would come to be known as the Truce of Tukayyid, he found it a hard
sell. The Jade Falcon and Ghost Bear Khans opposed this premature conclusion to
the invasion, though they certainly recognized the advantage to battling for
Terra on a proxy planet to avoid unnecessary collateral damage. Khans Osis and
Weaver of Clan Smoke Jaguar bitterly resented the implication that the Clans
could not complete the job they had begun and took offense at the mere idea of
striking a bargain with an enemy proven dishonorable and contemptible. The Nova
Cat Khans, always conscious of the price that any battle demanded in the coin of
warriors and materiel, carefully considered the idea of the truce and accepted
its value. When they asked Oathmaster Winters to seek confirmation of their
decision in a vision, she could only describe again the tragic scene of the
white mist enveloping all the Clans, claiming that it had been her recurring
vision in answer to every question asked during the past year. The Khans
impatiently dismissed her refusal to accept ilKhan Showers' death as the
fulfillment of that prophesy and voted yes for Tukayyid.
Khan Leroux spoke out against the subtle plan fostered by Clans Jade Falcon and
Smoke Jaguar to use the bidding process to maneuver Clan Wolf into landing last
on Tukayyid, in the end Clan Nova Cat played along - after all, the price of
victory was continued glory and a renewed opportunity to win the position of
ilClan for itself. Confident of success against the mostly green ComGuard
forces, the Khans bid elements of their two remaining functional Galaxies to
take their objectives, as well as bringing forward the fresh troops of Gamma
Galaxy. Their bid won them the right to land third on Tukayyid.
the Nova Cats' attempts to take the cities of Joje and Tost, they faced the
veteran ComGuard Seventh Army, as well as divisions of the Twelfth Army
stationed as reserves in the two cities. With Precentor Koselka's 278th Division
detached from the Twelfth Army to battle Clan Wolf and the White Lions of the
349th Division facing Clan Jade Falcon, the remaining Twelfth Army units lacked
any significant combat experience.
Leroux chose to launch the campaign with the Clans' efficient and effective
hover-drop maneuver, placing the combat DropShips in the lower atmosphere to
allow OmniMechs and Elementals to make a short drop without the confining,
heat-dissipating pods used for higher-atmosphere drops. Unfortunately for the
Nova Cats, the aerospace fighters of the ComGuards' 417th Division had gained
air superiority over the Clan drop zone. The 417th's strafing and bombing runs
wrought havoc on Alpha Galaxy. In the most damaging attack, a kamikaze run by a
ComGuard Hammerhead fighter destroyed the Galaxy Command DropShip, along with
the 30 OmniMechs and six Stars of Elementals of the Fourth Nova Cat Lancers'
Bravo and Delta Supernova Trinaries. SaKhan Lucian Carns immediately questioned
Alpha Galaxy's ability to take Tost after sustaining such devastating losses,
but Khan Leroux led his troops against the city as planned.
Galaxy and the remaining elements of Alpha Galaxy pushed past the 244th Division
and rushed toward Joje, only to be stopped by the 417th and Ninth Divisions at
the edge of the city's northernmost suburbs. The Ninth and 417th had, in fact,
lured the Cats toward Joje, stalling the Clan offensive with a combination of
vibrabomb fields, aerospace fighters and armor elements. The Nova Cats attempted
to relieve the pressure by sending Beta Galaxy's 44th Nova Cat Cavaliers toward
Tost, but reserve units from the Thirteenth and 431st Divisions crushed the
Cavaliers along the road.
the third day of the fighting, Clan Nova Cat found itself perilously low on
ammunition, but their fierce attacks had weakened Joje's defenders and forced
the Ninth and 417th Divisions to retreat in order to regroup. Harassed by the
ComGuard 467th Division's attempts to cut the Clan force off from its landing
zone, saKhan Carns ordered Gamma Galaxy to withdraw toward the drop zone
accompanied by a handful of damaged OmniMechs from Beta Galaxy and asked the
units to advertise their presence. Meanwhile, the rest of Beta Galaxy's 'Mechs
hid themselves under the surface of Lake Losiije, the only easily recognizable
landmark in the area.
Carns had hoped, the unsuspecting 244th and 467th Divisions met at the lake in
order to combine their weakened units and pursue the fleeing Clan force. As
Precentors Slagle and Shykes tried to organize their troops on the shore, Beta
Galaxy emerged from the water's depths and attacked. The Nova Cats shattered
both divisions and captured several ComStar supply depots.
from a successful rout of the Nova Cats' Alpha Galaxy, Precentors Colombini and
Landaker of the Ninth and 417th ordered an all-out attack against the Clan
forces now controlling the Losiije Lake District. Before Beta and Gamma Galaxy
could make use of their captured supplies, the Ninth, 417th, and 116th Divisions
threw themselves against the Clan forces in a fierce counterattack, successfully
recapturing the supply depots. Faced with this setback, Khan Leroux ordered his
battered MechWarriors to withdraw to their DropShips. The ComGuards harassed the
Nova Cats all the way back to their drop zone, whittling the Clan force down to
a single Trinary of surviving OmniMechs from Beta Galaxy.
failed to capture either of their target cities, the Nova Cats were judged to
have lost to the ComGuards despite the fact that they inflicted the most severe
losses on their opponents of any other battle on Tukayyid. Oathmaster Biccon
Winters had been right to interpret her vision literally. The white mist
trailing behind each Clan was the ComStar liaisons assigned to each occupation
zone, and it was the army of white 'Mechs belonging to the ComGuard that handed
Clan Nova Cat its final defeat.
waning power of the Wolves and the Jade Falcons has created a power vacuum among
the invading Clans, leading to further instability as other Clans in the
invasion force jockey for power. At present, the Ghost Bears seem the most
likely to lead a renewed invasion. The Bears have bolstered their troops with
reinforcements from the Clan homeworlds, a development that poses a grave threat
to the Draconis Combine worlds that lie above the truce line.
raiders have staged near-constant raids against Clan Smoke Jaguar in recent
years, which have prevented that Clan from effectively recovering from the heavy
casualties it suffered on Tukayyid. Nova Cat raiders have begun harassing Smoke
Jaguar forces recently as well, further hampering the Clan's attempts to
rebuild. As a result, the Smoke Jaguars seem unlikely to challenge the Ghost
Bears for leadership of the Clans. Clan Smoke Jaguar's weakness has filled its
warriors with frustration and a fierce desire to prove they are still a force to
be reckoned with - which makes the Jaguars a potentially dangerous enemy for
their Clan brethren and Inner Sphere powers.
the Steel Vipers nor the Nova Cats have the strength to challenge the Ghost
Bears, but both Clans are far from harmless. The Viper Khan, Perigard Zalman,
has shown remarkable restraint while patiently rebuilding his Clan, which marks
him as a canny and dangerous leader. Meanwhile, the Nova Cats continue to
rebuild following their losses on Luthien and Tukayyid. Their weakened
condition, however, has not prevented them from raiding worlds located above the
truce line. Of the number of pitched battles they have fought with both the
Draconis Combine and the Smoke Jaguars the most notable battles include the
failed raid by the Black Summoners in 3056, which cost the Cats a full Trinary
of omnimechs and a DropShip. Also, in summer of 3058, the Nova Cats were lured
to the planet Wayland by members of the Northwind Highlanders and defeated the
Smoke Jaguars new Tau Galaxy in a bloody battle reminiscent of Tukayyid.
Nova Cat however still largely keeps to itself, though rumors indicate a growing
mutual admiration between Clan Nova Cat and House Kurita. Given the similar
qualities of the spiritual attitudes of these two groups, some sort of
collaboration between them seems a reasonable development.
is also in this time period that Nova Cat Khans began a series of secret talks
with the Draconis Combine. The two cultures, surprisingly, share a belief in
mysticism and have cooperated on numerous occasions. In the years prior to
Operation Bulldog, Khan Severen Leroux began having visions depicting a nova cat
being devoured by a dragon. The events on Wayland gave credence to the implied
warning. When Coordinator Kurita's ambassadors hinted at a possible invasion by
Inner Sphere forces, Khan Leroux saw that as another sign. He ordered his
emissaries to go along with the Combine's plans. In the weeks leading up to the
invasion, Khan Leroux and Carns issued preemptive batchalls to the Combine
leaders. These battles, heavily weighted in the new Star League's favor, would
allow the Nova Cats to return to the Inner Sphere with no loss of honor. All
troops who were captured would be granted warrior status and, where needed,
assisted in the conquest of several Smoke Jaguar worlds.
Inner Sphere's invasion of Smoke Jaguar space has cost the Nova Cats their
entire occupation zone and dozens of Clusters. These troops however have a new
home as members of the new Star League Defense Force. These troops now serve as
peace-keepers while the Combine reasserts its control over its recaptured
worlds. This allows the Combine to shift troops to the Ghost Bear/Combine
Death of a Clan
the defeat of the Smoke Jaguars in the Inner Sphere and on Huntress, the Clans
found themselves with the unprecedented prospect of an Inner Sphere invasion of
Strana Mechty. The Star League Defense Force soon challenged the Clans to a
Trial of Refusal over the invasion. If the Inner Sphere won, the invasion was
over and the invading Clans would retain the worlds they had conquered. If the
Clans won, the invasion would resume. The Warden Clans refused to participate in
the Trial, leaving the eight Crusader Clans to face the SLDF. As the Smoke
Jaguars had only two Binaries of troops left, it was decided that each Crusader
Clan would only commit two Binaries to the battle.
Nova Cats played an unusual role in the Trial of Refusal declared by Prince
Victor Ian Steiner-Davion. When Ice Hellion Khan Asa Taney made clear his
intentions to renew the invasion, Khans Leroux and Carns saw little choice but
to side with the Star League. Khan Leroux's visions foretold of certain doom for
the Inner Sphere if anyone but the Nova Cats battled the Ice Hellions at Lyod
Glacier. The two Khans convinced Prince Victor of this and led their troops in a
hard fought battle that saw the deaths of Khans Leroux and Carns as well as Khan
their leaders dead, it is unknown at this time who will now lead the Nova Cats.
Before his death, Khan Carns committed the entirety of Clan Nova Cat to the Star
League. How the Nova Cats will serve the Star League is presently unknown.
Remembrance is an ongoing heroic saga detailing Clans history from the time of
the Exodus from the Inner Sphere to the present day. The Remembrance is
continually expanded to include contemporary events. Each Clans has a slightly
different version reflecting their own opinions and experiences. All Clans
warriors can quote whole verses of this marvelous epic from memory, and it is
common to see passages from the book lovingly painted on the sides of OmniMechs,
fighters, and even battle armor.
The wise Nicholas spoke to them all
Through the haze of their anguish;
His passion flowed through the doubt,
His conviction tore at the fear
He was become the living legend.
Phillip listened and believed;
He would follow this great man
As he had followed the father
Into Exodus, and hope.
-- The Remembrance (Clan Nova Cat), Passage 14, Verse 1, Lines 1-9
And in her vision the wolf howled,
But the nova cat paced steadily on,
Undisturbed by the petty battles
Others fought, trying to cage it within the bars of
Thoughtless sameness. The nova cat gazed
Straight ahead, its heart and mind devoted to
The Ways of Seeing, devoted to a more perfect life.
-- The Remembrance (Clan Nova Cat), Passage 50, Verse 5, Lines 26-32