To coincide with the invasion of Terra on 1 January 3151, Hour of the Wolf, the first novel of the ilClan era, will arrive January 1. It’s a hell of a way to kick off the New Year! The mental picture of hundreds of hung over BattleTech fans reading the book on 1 January gives me a smile and some solace.
If you haven’t seen the awesome countdown page – check it out: https://fs.battletech.com/fiction/hour-of-wolf/
The cover of the book has so many delicious elements to it. An iconic Clan Wolf Savage Wolf blasting away at a Jade Falcon Shrike. The Alpha and Omega on the ‘Mech should tell you who is piloting the Savage Wolf – wink, wink. The Shrike could be anyone…but the clue as to who it is resides on the painting of the shoulder plate hit by the PPC fire. And what are those DropShips in the background? Notice all the debris on the ground? Wonder where that fighting is taking place?
Tukayyid? Bah. That was for wusses. It was a third of a novel and we still keep our attention focused on it. For the last 30 years or so, that was the ‘big event’ in the BattleTech universe. Sure, we invaded Terra a few times before, but nothing quite on this scale, with this amount of fictional build-up. This time the Clans are all-in against the Republic of the Sphere. Devlin Stone is no slouch, he was one of the greatest strategists of his era. Anyone thinking this struggle is going to be a cake-walk for anyone is delusional. Most fans know that the two primary Clans that we know are showing up on Terra, the Wolves and Jade Falcons, have a long-standing rivalry. How all of this plays out is going to be epic, monumental, and fun-on-a-bun.
Oddly enough, this takes place on your home planet, which means that a lot of the terrain is stuff you can pull up on Google Earth.
The novel is huge – well over twice the size of a traditional FASA BattleTech novel. Yes, I will be posting some blog posts for the folks the finish it. Obviously I encourage you to follow my blog. In this the Dark Ages comes to an end and we advance the universe into a new era – the ilClan Era. We even have a cool logo for it.
Some things to consider as we wait for 1 January to arrive:
- Will we get more space battles?
- What is the reaction of the House Lords to the events that are unfolding on Terra?
- Will any of the other Clans intervene…and how?
- What about the Capellans? (Which is a question we should always ask, BTW.) They are at the door of Terra too.
- What new characters are going to emerge/survive for the new era?
- Has Alaric made the mistake of the century in giving the Jade Falcons the means to penetrate Fortress Republic (aka Magic Space Shield)?
- Will Wolves Dragoons arrive – and if so, when? Timing is everything.
- What about the Wolves in Exile? Will Anastasia be able to bring them back into Clan Wolf’s fold?
- Will the Republic’s vaunted redoubts be enough to bleed the Clans into defeat?
- Who was the Ghost Knight in Children of Kerensky and what was she up to? Who is she working for?
- Who is Devlin Stone really?
- Who lives and who dies?
- What new BattleMechs, tanks, and other vehicles are we going to see in action?
- What will happen between Malvina Hazen and Stephanie Chistu?
- Do we get to see the McKenna’s Pride in action?
- Will any Clan achieve a true victory and be declared the ilClan?
So brace yourselves – it is on like Donkey Kong!