The Word of Blake was a splinter faction of ComStar that was created out of a conservative backlash against the removal of ComStar's mystical and religious aspects. The Blakists initially took refuge in the Free Worlds League, but were able to move most of their operations to Terra after they conquered it in 3058. In 3066 The Word of Blake Protectorate was formed with 6 worlds in the Chaos March region about Terra.
- Total (Inhabited) Systems: 6
- Dominant Language(s): English
The Word of Blake was far too factional to be able to unite behind the First Circuit system that ComStar uses, with a large number of opposing factions and sub-sects of various sizes. Instead, the Ruling Conclave was composed of the heads of the the four largest factions and the Precentor Martial.
The five factions significant enough to have earned a place on the conclave are as follows:
the smallest faction on the conclave, they feel over time that Jerome Blake's word has been corrupted and may need to be revised in some areas, but not to the same extremes that caused the Word of Blake to split from ComStar originally. They approach dangerous ground with regards to their beliefs and how they are viewed by other members of the conclave.
When Victor Steiner-Davion became Precentor-Martial of ComStar in 3062 many officers and officials who had remained in the order in the hopes of reversing the reforms carried out by Focht saw that the organization was unable to be redeemed in their eyes. As such many left for the Word of Blake and became Expatriates. The Expatriates often threw their weight behind the True Believers, until 3065 when many of its high-ranking members were unmasked as ComStar agents. In the light of this betrayal, the Expatriates ceased to be when the bulk of the sect switched their allegiances to other factions.
Named after Jerome Blake’s student the Toyamas are the most radical faction on the conclave. They believe that Blake’s truth must be spread to the rest of the Inner Sphere by any and all means available, openly launching terrorist attacks against the Inner Sphere and even targeting other factions to enhance its position on the conclave. The bulk of the most fanatical and terrible acts of the Jihad were committed by the Toyamas.
one of the moderate factions on the conclave, most true believers wish to come to a understanding with the rest of the inner sphere and are generally non-violent, however they are not pacifists. They feel that the Word of Blake should unify before it leads the inner sphere to the truth.
The least vocal but less splintered faction, the Shunners interpreted the works of Jerome Blake and the schism as an indication that the destruction of the Inner Sphere was imminent and that the Blakists had to isolate themselves. Openly critical of the relationship with the Free Worlds League, after the seizure of Terra the faction's members moved en masse to a refuge dome on Venus in 3059, with the bulk killed after sabotage of the machinery maintaining the domes atmosphere. While a number survived, the faction no longer had the numbers to remain on the Concave and its position was taken by the Expatriates.
The Word of Blake Militia began its life at slightly more than four divisions of troops, the Blake Guards, which retained the standard Com Guard numbering and are were primarily tasked with defending Gibson. The Militia was twice that size in 3058, when the Word took Terra from ComStar and added another two divisions shortly thereafter. By the beginning of 3067, the Militia is rumored to contain over forty divisions..
Available Player Slots: 1
Available Stables: The Word of Blake player may not join a Stable.
Available Sponsors: The Word of Blake player may not take any sponsors.
- Word of Blake players may not modify their mechs.
- The Word of Blake player may purchase mechs at a 20% discount.
- They also repair mechs at a 25% discount.
- When at 15 Fame, Word of Blake player may join the Manei Domini, an elite group of cybernetically-enhanced soldiers who served the Word of Blake. Should the player elect to join they will take a one time -5 Fame penalty, but there is no CP or C-Bill cost for the procedure. The Word of Blake will pay for the operation. The Fame hit is due to fans being uneasy with a Cybernetic mechwarrior.
- Manei Domini Omegas
Using enhanced sensory implants and a variation of the Federated Commonwealth’s failed direct-neural interface technology, Manei Domini Omegas MechWarriors receive a –1 modifier for all Piloting and Gunnery skill rolls. If a BattleMech controlled by an Omega suffers internal damage or a critical hit, the controlling player should roll 2D6, and apply 1 point of damage to the warrior on any result of 8+, rolling for pilot consciousness as normal.
- Repair / Modification abilities of a C Rated Stable:
- Omni-mech Configuration Swaps (+/- difference),
- Critical location swap, weapon facing swap. Cost 50,000 C-Bills per critical moved/changed (Moving ammo location, turning rear mounted weapons to front facing or arms).
- Variant Swap (+/- difference),
- Inner Sphere weapon / equipment swap (Can swap out weapons systems for cost of weapons system added, only Level 1 or 2 weapon systems may be added this way)
- Add or remove Jumpjets for the cost of the jump jets if added.
- Add Armor for the cost of the armor if added. Note: you do not get to sell back the removed weapon / jumpjet / armor removed...those are taken to cover the labor costs of the modification.
- Clan Weapon Swap (Clan weapon for Clan weapon only)
- Can't swap armor types (Ferro Fiberous, Stealth), chassis types (endo steel), Engines, Myomers, Clan tech for IS tech.
Available Starter mechs: (Italic means I don't own the mini)
(includes mechs available with the 20% discount, BOLD are my recommendations)
Assassin ASN-21, ASN-23
Centurion CN9-A, CN9-AH
Cicada CDA-2A, CDA-2B, CDA-3C
Falcon Hawk FNHK-9K
Hammer HMR-3M, HER-1S, HER-3S
Hoplite HOP-4B, HOP-4C
Hunchback HBK-4G, HBK-4H, HBK-4J, HBK-4N, HBK-4P, HBK-4SP, HBK-5N
Kintaro KTO-18, KTO-19
Lineholder KW1-LH2, KW1-LH3
Locust LCT-1E, LCT-1V, LCT-3V, LCT-5M
Mercury MCY-102, MCY-97, MCY-98, MCY-99
Mongoose MON-66, MON-76
Nexus II NXS2-A, NXS2-B
Nexus NXS1-A, NXS1-B
Phoenix Hawk PXH-1
Red Shift RDS-2A, RDS-2B
Shadow Hawk SHD-2H
Spider SDR-5V, SDR-7M
Stinger STG-3G, STG-3R, STG-5M, STG-5R
Tarantula ZPH-1A, ZPH-2A, ZPH-3A, ZPH-4A
Thorn THE-N, THE-N1
Vulcan VL-2T, VL-5T
Wasp WSP-1A, WSP-3L
Whitworth WTH-1, WTH-1S
Wyvern WVE-5N, WVE-9N
All Available Mechs: (Listed by C-Bill base price)
|Word of Blake||C-Bills Cost||Tons||BV|
|Red Shift RDS-2A||2,942,400||20||549|
|Red Shift RDS-2B||2,942,400||20||485|
|Nexus II NXS2-A||4,028,125||25||689|
|Phoenix Hawk PXH-1||4,067,540||45||838|
|Nexus II NXS2-B||4,512,500||25||620|
|Shadow Hawk SHD-2H||4,539,383||55||918|
|Falcon Hawk FNHK-9K||4,544,551||35||889|
|Night Hawk NTK-2Q||5,126,625||35||863|
|Phoenix Hawk PXH-4L||5,255,815||45||1,117|
|Black Knight BL-7-KNT||6,594,438||75||1,106|
|Black Knight BL-6-KNT||6,786,938||75||1,191|
|Blue Flame BLF-21||7,102,390||45||1,021|
|Hermes II HER-5C||7,804,580||40||830|
|Huron Warrior HUR-WO-R4L||8,279,001||50||1,139|
|King Crab KGC-000||10,202,000||100||1,509|
|Grim Reaper GRM-R-PR29||10,241,058||55||1,118|
|Raijin II RJN-200-B||10,482,375||50||1,225|
|Raijin II RJN-200-C||11,332,500||50||1,341|
|Shadow Hawk SHD-7CS||11,716,656||55||1,370|
|Grim Reaper GRM-R-PR31||11,938,694||50||1,347|
|Grim Reaper GRM-R-PR30||12,056,106||50||1,250|
|Raijin II RJN-200-A||12,292,500||50||1,425|
|King Crab KGC-005||13,322,000||100||1,918|
|White Flame WHF-3B||14,684,940||70||1,341|
|Grand Crusader GRN-D-01||14,923,800||80||1,197|
|Grand Crusader GRN-D-02||15,033,600||80||1,211|
|War Dog WR-DG-02FC||15,401,750||75||1,553|
|Black Knight BL-9-KNT||15,438,500||75||1,222|
|War Dog WR-DG-03FC||16,395,750||75||1,522|
|Grand Crusader II GRN-D-04||18,784,800||80||1,828|
|Grand Crusader II GRN-D-03||19,155,600||80||1,761|
|Thunder Hawk TDK-7X||22,162,000||100||1,967|
|King Crab KGC-001||22,948,000||100||1,714|
|Grand Titan T-IT-N10M||28,833,334||100||1,364|