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Dungeons & Dragons
A Dying Time
The Frontiers of Known Space
were originally the self-exiled remnants of the
Star League Defense Force
brought about the downfall of the
led his forces beyond the
because he believed that a terrible war was brewing between the Great Houses; a war that even the once mighty Star League army was powerless to stop. The exiles evolved into a warrior-based civilization that would sweep through the Inner Sphere like a whirlwind 250 years later.
After months of deliberation,
convened most of the
forces still loyal to him (over 80%) and departed the
. After years of traveling, the massive flotilla of Star League refugees came upon five marginally habitable worlds, the so-called
(due to their near-pentametric relation to each other). There Kerensky's followers tried to forge life as they knew it once again, and for a time it seemed the Star League would still exist, far away from
, although this was not to be. Within a year, cracks were beginning to form along faction lines and soon the
were at war: an eerie parallel to the carnage unfolding concurrently in the Inner Sphere, a conflict now known as the
First Succession War
. At this, Kerensky prepared to gather the precious few troops still loyal to him, when he suffered a massive heart attack and as his dying wish, Kerensky left the reigns of the Exile Star League in the hands of his son,
. Kerensky's son took 800 of his best warriors and 600 civilian families away to a planet known as
("land of dreams" in Russian) where he forged a new order. This order was known as the '''Clans'''. Those who possessed exceptional military skill became the breeding stock of what would become a hereditary ruling class. They embodied the pinnacle of combat prowess, and were put through a variety of competitive and selective processes with each generation to produce virtual super-soldiers. They were charged to protect the weak and powerless, but primarily to take back the
and, some day, the
where they, the Clans, would reinstate the glorious
In the beginning there were twenty clans, each with forty warriors. Over time, three clans were Absorbed (Clans
), two were Annihilated (Clans
), one was Abjured (
Clan Nova Cat
), another was split in two (
), and two eventually merged with
, respectively). Today, the Clans are almost wholly unrecognizable, compared to their forebears.
Though Clan history speaks of twenty Clans and the Eight Hundred Bloodnamed, Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht encountered information on board the Wolf Clan flag vessel, ''Dire Wolf'' that lead him to suspect the number may have been as low as six hundred or greater than eight hundred. It is possible that the practices of Reaving and the ilKhan's right to primogeniture were later attempts to retcon this information. It is also likely that the Annihilation of Clan Wolverine and Absorption of Clans Widowmaker and Mongoose altered the Bloodcount.