BattleTech: Quotes from the Clans

True warriors do not follow paths, they make them. It is not just their desire, it is their nature.
-Nicholas Kerensky
 
The thought of the Star League being reborn without our divine input and guiding hand is appalling. It eats at my very soul. We must not wait, we must seize the initiative while it is still within our grasp.
-Khan Leo Showers, addressing the Grand Council, November 3048

Do not plan for how to defeat the enemy. Plan for how you will avoid acting like a surat when-not if-the enemy does the totally unexpected.
-Khan Ulric Kerensky, addressing the soldiers of the Thirteenth Wolf Guards

In the Periphery
We came to know you
For the barbarians you are.
Is it any wonder I
Feel pride at
Ridding the Inner Sphere of you?
-Lyrics from a challenge song to the Inner Sphere militaries written by a Clan Jade Falcon warrior

My heart hoped for glorious wars against honorable warriors. My mind expected honorless battles against uncivilized barbarians. You tell me that our conquest of the Inner Sphere will be nothing more than skirmishes against cowardly children. Imagine my bitter disappointment!
-ilKhan Leo Showers addressing the kurultai, 23 February 3050

What's it like fighting the Wolf? Imagine lightning on legs, or an earthquake with arms, or catastrophe with genius, or just pure hell on wheels.
-A soldier of the Lovinac militia to a reporter, 2 June 3050

Ambition is the fire of the will, the spur to the horse, and the arm wielding the flashing sword.
-A Clan saying

Fear the loping wolves
They hunt with cold confidence
Deer should flee in haste
-Japanese haiku graffiti, Rasalhague University

Mercy? Mercy is something the weak pray for from the strong. I have no mercy. The best an opponent can hope for from me is my respect. If he has not earned that, then he is little more than a pest to be exterminated for the common good, and will be treated as such.
-A Wolf Clan MechWarrior, Rasalhague News Net, 12 July 3050

Proud upholders of the Great Kerensky's words, heed me, for I must relate a tragedy. Our leader is dead. Leo Showers, Khan of Khans, leader of the noble Clan Smoke Jaguar, commander of those who would raise the Star League up from the ashes, is physically no more. Yet mourn not the loss of his physical presence, for his blood legacy will course through the veins of countless fierce warriors of future generations, all awaiting the command to revenge his most foul death.
-From the recall order issued by Khan Bjorn Jorgensson, Clan Ghost Bear

Do you swear upon the words of the Great Kerensky that you will follow the ordained trail through the black firmament of space, the trail that will ultimately lead us back to Terra to restore all that was good and pure in the Star League?
Aff. I swear my blood future upon it.
-From the ilKhan oath-taking ceremony

To all fledglings, this is Peregrine Eyrie. Stars of Elementals have been sighted approaching this location. Repeat. Elementals seen approaching Peregrine Eyrie. Be advised that command will go off-air if attacked; fledglings should revert to Plan Scatter / (sounds of explosion) / (E.O.T.)
-Transmission from 26th Lyran Guards HQ, 18 November 3051, Tamar

My hair may be gray, my skin wrinkled by many years, but I will not let my ancestral home fall to these alien barbarians! Soldiers, I implore you to stand and fight today if ever Tamar meant more to you than simply living and livelihood. I offer you the chance to become more than one of the countless billions of humans whose lives go unnoticed by destiny. I give you the chance for immortality, for the passing of this day will see us heroes-whether living or dead depends on the fire in your eyes and the hate in your heart-but heroes nonetheless, who will be remembered through the centuries.
-Duke Selvin Kelswa, addressing the cadets of the Tamar War College Training Battalion

Do not judge yourself by the friends you have, but by the enemies you make.
-From Collected Short Sayings of Blessed Blake, Edition XXIV, ComStar Press, 3050

Praise be the Founders of Clan Jade Falcon!
Daniel Mattlov,
From him came the fire of the first Falcons.
Carl Icaza,
From him came the stubbornness and strength.
Lisa Buhallin,
From her came the will to remember.
But all hail mighty Elizabeth Hazen and Turkina
As first among equals,
For she was the first Khan
And Turkina her winged soul.
From them came our spirit and destiny.
-From the Jade Falcon Invocation

I really don't care if the Star League is ever reestablished. I'm more concerned with today. And today it is obvious that without the wisdom of Aleksandr Kerensky and the leadership of General Nicholas, we are little more than dirt-hugging, back-stabbing barbarians. The vision of the two Kerenskys is the reason we have survived until now, and as long as I can still pilot a 'Mech, pick up a pistol, or even spit in someone's eye, I will defend it.
-Excerpt from a letter written by Daniel Mattlov to Elizabeth Hazen

How does Icaza take bad news? Let me put it this way. I'd rather be covered with paper cuts and then thrown into a vat of lemon juice than tell Icaza something he ain't goin' to like.
-Captain Danielle Marks, aide to Colonel Carl Icaza

Lisa Buhallin is the least known of all our Founders, even though her books tell us about the first days of Clan Jade Falcon. We honor her privacy.
-Angeline Mattlov, Loremaster, Clan Jade Falcon

It is with great pleasure that I announce which Clan shall become home to my heart and the hearts of those Kerenskys who will follow. The Clan I have chosen possesses a collective intelligence I admire, the burning passion of true hunters that I desire, and, above all, is blessed with the spirit which will serve as a beacon to all the rest. I choose to mingle my blood legacy with Clan Wolf.
-ilKhan Nicholas Kerensky

I do not begrudge our Brother Wolves their wealth. Nor do I begrudge them their successful exploration. However, I question whether or not they remember Nicholas Kerensky's admonition to those who would strive to rise above others: Know that the nail that sticks out from the rest asks to be pounded.
-Khan Natalie Buhallin, in a speech before the Grand Council

Suggesting that the Clans will not one day return to Terra is akin to a man suggesting that the sun will not shine tomorrow or that Clan Jade Falcon has forgotten the words of the Great Kerenskys.
-Khan Vandervahn Chistu in a speech before the Grand Council

Because we adhere strictly to the words of Kerensky, all caste members, from the least-skilled laborer to the best warrior, hold only one opinion on the Crusader question.
-Khan Yvonne Hazen in a speech to the Grand Council

I do not trust the Wolves, for they have proven themselves creatures of opportunity, of individualism, of lax morals, and of unforgivable disregard for our origin. Yet I respect them, for they are warriors, bred true in accordance with our tradition. But to send the Wolves' freeborn bastards to the Inner Sphere is folly heaped on folly! Fellow Khans, I swear upon my oath to Turkina herself that once these lowborns are free of Clan obedience, they will never willingly return!
-Khan Yvonne Hazen in a speech to the Grand Council during the Wolf's Dragoons debates

In Clan politics, success has more to do with speed, persistence, and aggressiveness than with less important qualities such as intelligence, morality, and soul.
-Khan Elias Crichell, in conversation

This day, fellow Khans, will be remembered years from now as the dawning of mankind's rebirth. No longer must these barbarian hordes suffer through the dark, violent night of their own folly. We are returning; we are the sun of righteousness that will illuminate those who dream of peace, and burn to ashes the demons and devils responsible for the darkness.
-Khan Elias Crichell in a speech before the Grand Council, November 3048

Success will depend on our devotion to the words of the Great Kerenskys, and on how we manage the bid against the other Clans for what little glory will be won in the Inner Sphere.
-Khan Elias Crichell in an address to Peregrine Galaxy

Our forces will use Operation Revival to attack in much the same way an unseen falcon strikes at a fat, flying pigeon; with paralyzing surprise, undeniable momentum, and unstoppable force. We will leave behind only a haze of blood and a flurry of feathers.
-Khan Elias Crichell, in a speech to his commanding officers

By Kerensky's heart, the computers in first-level 'Mech simulators are worthier opponents than these barbarians!
-Commend of a Jade Falcon warrior after action on the Periphery world of Last Chance

I, the Baron of Strang, care not for your new names. Clans? Jade Falcons? I call you by your true name: Scum of the Star League, traitors of free will, persecutors of the Periphery come back to lord it over freedom-loving people. Come ahead, you steel-eyed robots! Come ahead and taste what a million like-minded people think of you and your damn Clans.
-Baron Stepan Von Strang, in reply to the Jade Falcon challenge

It was an aberration. A quirk, the exception that proves the rule and nothing more, I assure you.
-Star Captain Jinn Buhallin, in her report to the kurultai concerning the battle for Von Strang's World

Upon our gutted towers
The Falcon feasts upon our future
Devouring all that we could have been.
-Excerpt from The Clan Anthology: Poetry in Time of Crisis, edited by Virginia Davenport

The loss of my son, albeit a tragedy for me, would not mean one jot more or less than the loss of any highly trained soldier of the Federated Commonwealth. The life of every man or woman serving in the AFFC is precious, but forfeit to protect what we are. More important, they themselves believe it is our right to exist free from outside tyranny.
-From a private communique authored by First Prince Hanse Davion and Archon Melissa Steiner-Davion during the height of the Trell I invasion

Success, fellow warriors! And with it undreamed-of riches and wonders. We are truly blessed to have lived to see this day!
-Comment by an anonymous Falcon warrior

Some say that we should be more cautious in our advance, that the warriors of the Inner Sphere are valiant and dangerous opponents. But we are the Clans. We shall triumph in the name of the Star League. Caution? Let us throw caution to the Wolves...
-Star Admiral Adrian Malthus

If the rest of the Inner Sphere offers us only as much resistance as the defenders we have just faced, we shall soon stand on the sacred ground of Terra.
-Khan Elias Crichell

Star Colonel Damon was an old fool for treating this freebirth bandit like a true warrior. If he had included my ship in his bid, the matter of "Clan Snord" would have ended that day.
-Star Captain Christopher Folkner, commander of the Aegis Class cruiser Hawk-Eye

The kinship of spirits is vital;
Without this connection there
Can be no true understanding.
-From the Oath of Acceptance, Clan Ghost Bear

As the storm gathers
Some run from the clouds in fear
Some prepare for rain.
-Haiku by Shin Yodama, written just prior to the battle for Luthien

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True warriors do not follow paths, they make them. It is not just their desire, it is their nature.
-Nicholas Kerensky
 
The thought of the Star League being reborn without our divine input and guiding hand is appalling. It eats at my very soul. We must not wait, we must seize the initiative while it is still within our grasp.
-Khan Leo Showers, addressing the Grand Council, November 3048

Do not plan for how to defeat the enemy. Plan for how you will avoid acting like a surat when-not if-the enemy does the totally unexpected.
-Khan Ulric Kerensky, addressing the soldiers of the Thirteenth Wolf Guards

In the Periphery
We came to know you
For the barbarians you are.
Is it any wonder I
Feel pride at
Ridding the Inner Sphere of you?
-Lyrics from a challenge song to the Inner Sphere militaries written by a Clan Jade Falcon warrior

My heart hoped for glorious wars against honorable warriors. My mind expected honorless battles against uncivilized barbarians. You tell me that our conquest of the Inner Sphere will be nothing more than skirmishes against cowardly children. Imagine my bitter disappointment!
-ilKhan Leo Showers addressing the kurultai, 23 February 3050

What's it like fighting the Wolf? Imagine lightning on legs, or an earthquake with arms, or catastrophe with genius, or just pure hell on wheels.
-A soldier of the Lovinac militia to a reporter, 2 June 3050

Ambition is the fire of the will, the spur to the horse, and the arm wielding the flashing sword.
-A Clan saying

Fear the loping wolves
They hunt with cold confidence
Deer should flee in haste
-Japanese haiku graffiti, Rasalhague University

Mercy? Mercy is something the weak pray for from the strong. I have no mercy. The best an opponent can hope for from me is my respect. If he has not earned that, then he is little more than a pest to be exterminated for the common good, and will be treated as such.
-A Wolf Clan MechWarrior, Rasalhague News Net, 12 July 3050

Proud upholders of the Great Kerensky's words, heed me, for I must relate a tragedy. Our leader is dead. Leo Showers, Khan of Khans, leader of the noble Clan Smoke Jaguar, commander of those who would raise the Star League up from the ashes, is physically no more. Yet mourn not the loss of his physical presence, for his blood legacy will course through the veins of countless fierce warriors of future generations, all awaiting the command to revenge his most foul death.
-From the recall order issued by Khan Bjorn Jorgensson, Clan Ghost Bear

Do you swear upon the words of the Great Kerensky that you will follow the ordained trail through the black firmament of space, the trail that will ultimately lead us back to Terra to restore all that was good and pure in the Star League?
Aff. I swear my blood future upon it.
-From the ilKhan oath-taking ceremony

To all fledglings, this is Peregrine Eyrie. Stars of Elementals have been sighted approaching this location. Repeat. Elementals seen approaching Peregrine Eyrie. Be advised that command will go off-air if attacked; fledglings should revert to Plan Scatter / (sounds of explosion) / (E.O.T.)
-Transmission from 26th Lyran Guards HQ, 18 November 3051, Tamar

My hair may be gray, my skin wrinkled by many years, but I will not let my ancestral home fall to these alien barbarians! Soldiers, I implore you to stand and fight today if ever Tamar meant more to you than simply living and livelihood. I offer you the chance to become more than one of the countless billions of humans whose lives go unnoticed by destiny. I give you the chance for immortality, for the passing of this day will see us heroes-whether living or dead depends on the fire in your eyes and the hate in your heart-but heroes nonetheless, who will be remembered through the centuries.
-Duke Selvin Kelswa, addressing the cadets of the Tamar War College Training Battalion

Do not judge yourself by the friends you have, but by the enemies you make.
-From Collected Short Sayings of Blessed Blake, Edition XXIV, ComStar Press, 3050

Praise be the Founders of Clan Jade Falcon!
Daniel Mattlov,
From him came the fire of the first Falcons.
Carl Icaza,
From him came the stubbornness and strength.
Lisa Buhallin,
From her came the will to remember.
But all hail mighty Elizabeth Hazen and Turkina
As first among equals,
For she was the first Khan
And Turkina her winged soul.
From them came our spirit and destiny.
-From the Jade Falcon Invocation

I really don't care if the Star League is ever reestablished. I'm more concerned with today. And today it is obvious that without the wisdom of Aleksandr Kerensky and the leadership of General Nicholas, we are little more than dirt-hugging, back-stabbing barbarians. The vision of the two Kerenskys is the reason we have survived until now, and as long as I can still pilot a 'Mech, pick up a pistol, or even spit in someone's eye, I will defend it.
-Excerpt from a letter written by Daniel Mattlov to Elizabeth Hazen

How does Icaza take bad news? Let me put it this way. I'd rather be covered with paper cuts and then thrown into a vat of lemon juice than tell Icaza something he ain't goin' to like.
-Captain Danielle Marks, aide to Colonel Carl Icaza

Lisa Buhallin is the least known of all our Founders, even though her books tell us about the first days of Clan Jade Falcon. We honor her privacy.
-Angeline Mattlov, Loremaster, Clan Jade Falcon

It is with great pleasure that I announce which Clan shall become home to my heart and the hearts of those Kerenskys who will follow. The Clan I have chosen possesses a collective intelligence I admire, the burning passion of true hunters that I desire, and, above all, is blessed with the spirit which will serve as a beacon to all the rest. I choose to mingle my blood legacy with Clan Wolf.
-ilKhan Nicholas Kerensky

I do not begrudge our Brother Wolves their wealth. Nor do I begrudge them their successful exploration. However, I question whether or not they remember Nicholas Kerensky's admonition to those who would strive to rise above others: Know that the nail that sticks out from the rest asks to be pounded.
-Khan Natalie Buhallin, in a speech before the Grand Council

Suggesting that the Clans will not one day return to Terra is akin to a man suggesting that the sun will not shine tomorrow or that Clan Jade Falcon has forgotten the words of the Great Kerenskys.
-Khan Vandervahn Chistu in a speech before the Grand Council

Because we adhere strictly to the words of Kerensky, all caste members, from the least-skilled laborer to the best warrior, hold only one opinion on the Crusader question.
-Khan Yvonne Hazen in a speech to the Grand Council

I do not trust the Wolves, for they have proven themselves creatures of opportunity, of individualism, of lax morals, and of unforgivable disregard for our origin. Yet I respect them, for they are warriors, bred true in accordance with our tradition. But to send the Wolves' freeborn bastards to the Inner Sphere is folly heaped on folly! Fellow Khans, I swear upon my oath to Turkina herself that once these lowborns are free of Clan obedience, they will never willingly return!
-Khan Yvonne Hazen in a speech to the Grand Council during the Wolf's Dragoons debates

In Clan politics, success has more to do with speed, persistence, and aggressiveness than with less important qualities such as intelligence, morality, and soul.
-Khan Elias Crichell, in conversation

This day, fellow Khans, will be remembered years from now as the dawning of mankind's rebirth. No longer must these barbarian hordes suffer through the dark, violent night of their own folly. We are returning; we are the sun of righteousness that will illuminate those who dream of peace, and burn to ashes the demons and devils responsible for the darkness.
-Khan Elias Crichell in a speech before the Grand Council, November 3048

Success will depend on our devotion to the words of the Great Kerenskys, and on how we manage the bid against the other Clans for what little glory will be won in the Inner Sphere.
-Khan Elias Crichell in an address to Peregrine Galaxy

Our forces will use Operation Revival to attack in much the same way an unseen falcon strikes at a fat, flying pigeon; with paralyzing surprise, undeniable momentum, and unstoppable force. We will leave behind only a haze of blood and a flurry of feathers.
-Khan Elias Crichell, in a speech to his commanding officers

By Kerensky's heart, the computers in first-level 'Mech simulators are worthier opponents than these barbarians!
-Commend of a Jade Falcon warrior after action on the Periphery world of Last Chance

I, the Baron of Strang, care not for your new names. Clans? Jade Falcons? I call you by your true name: Scum of the Star League, traitors of free will, persecutors of the Periphery come back to lord it over freedom-loving people. Come ahead, you steel-eyed robots! Come ahead and taste what a million like-minded people think of you and your damn Clans.
-Baron Stepan Von Strang, in reply to the Jade Falcon challenge

It was an aberration. A quirk, the exception that proves the rule and nothing more, I assure you.
-Star Captain Jinn Buhallin, in her report to the kurultai concerning the battle for Von Strang's World

Upon our gutted towers
The Falcon feasts upon our future
Devouring all that we could have been.
-Excerpt from The Clan Anthology: Poetry in Time of Crisis, edited by Virginia Davenport

The loss of my son, albeit a tragedy for me, would not mean one jot more or less than the loss of any highly trained soldier of the Federated Commonwealth. The life of every man or woman serving in the AFFC is precious, but forfeit to protect what we are. More important, they themselves believe it is our right to exist free from outside tyranny.
-From a private communique authored by First Prince Hanse Davion and Archon Melissa Steiner-Davion during the height of the Trell I invasion

Success, fellow warriors! And with it undreamed-of riches and wonders. We are truly blessed to have lived to see this day!
-Comment by an anonymous Falcon warrior

Some say that we should be more cautious in our advance, that the warriors of the Inner Sphere are valiant and dangerous opponents. But we are the Clans. We shall triumph in the name of the Star League. Caution? Let us throw caution to the Wolves...
-Star Admiral Adrian Malthus

If the rest of the Inner Sphere offers us only as much resistance as the defenders we have just faced, we shall soon stand on the sacred ground of Terra.
-Khan Elias Crichell

Star Colonel Damon was an old fool for treating this freebirth bandit like a true warrior. If he had included my ship in his bid, the matter of "Clan Snord" would have ended that day.
-Star Captain Christopher Folkner, commander of the Aegis Class cruiser Hawk-Eye

The kinship of spirits is vital;
Without this connection there
Can be no true understanding.
-From the Oath of Acceptance, Clan Ghost Bear

As the storm gathers
Some run from the clouds in fear
Some prepare for rain.
-Haiku by Shin Yodama, written just prior to the battle for Luthien

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