Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Stormcrow (Ryoken)

Smoke Jaguar Dossier

Type: Battlemech

Name: Stormcrow (Ryoken)

Mech Class: Medium

Weight: 55 Tons

Tech Base: Clan (Omni)

The Stormcrow is a wide-spread second generation OmniMech fielded by many Clans. However, within the Clan Smoke Jaguar touman, the Stormcrow was especially common during the Clan Invasion and was code named the Ryoken by the warriors of the DCMS who encountered it. Because of its versatility through its combination of mobility, armor, and firepower in its various configurations the Stormcrow is a feared opponent on the battlefield.

The Stormcrow was designed by Clan Hell's Horses and debuted during the Battle of Tokasha. It is also implied that Stormcrow prototypes were produced on Tokasha at Tokasha MechWorks. However, prototypes of the Stormcrow had only just debuted when Clan Ghost Bear won the planet Tokasha through the Battle of Tokasha. As a result of the upheaval, design copies and moulds for the Stormcrow were scattered throughout Clan space. The final production version of the Stormcrow debuted in 2930 when Clan Snow Raven scientists finished with a series of minor design changes and rechristened the OmniMech.
The Stormcrow is built on a lightweight Endo Steel chassis and is powered by a 330 XL engine that propels it to a top speed of 97.2 km/h. The Stormcrow is protected by nine and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor, giving the 'Mech the ability to survive encounters with other units that it isn't capable of outpacing.

The primary configuration of the Stormcrow is capable of engaging an enemy at any range and uses its speed to strike at its target with a great deal of force and evade a counter attack. The 'Mechs primary weapons are a pair of ER Large Lasers allowing the 'Mech to strike at long range. For close combat, the Stormcrow carries three ER Medium Lasers. To handle the heavy heat load, the Stormcrow prime has twelve double heat sinks on top of the ten mounted in the base chassis.

* Alt. Config. A - Configured for close combat, the Stormcrow A is armed with a single LRM-20 launcher for long range capabilities allowing it to support friendly units at long range. For close combat, the 'Mech is armed with four Medium Pulse Lasers and two Streak SRM-6 launchers making it a deadly knife fighter.

* Alt. Config. B - Another close combat configuration, the B configuration of the Stormcrow carries a single Ultra Autocannon/20 as its primary weapon. This is backed up by six ER Medium Lasers. To handle the 'Mechs heat, it has three additional double heat sinks.

* Alt. Config. C - The Stormcrow C is armed with some of the most accurate weapons available to the clans. For long range combat, the 'Mech has an LB-X Autocannon/10 that can fire both standard and cluster ammunition. The C configuration carries a Large Pulse Laser and two Medium Pulse Lasers for short ranges.

* Alt. Config. D - A long range support configuration, the Stormcrow D has as its primary weapons a pair of LRM-20 launchers. These are backed up by two SRM-2 launchers for close combat. All of these weapons are augmented with a Narc Missile Beacon launcher which can mark enemy units with a missile homing beacon for increased accuracy.

Captain Nash's Analysis:  Backbone of the Smoke Jags Medium mechs, really surprised we have yet to see one.  Side Torsos are the weak point, they have less armor than the arms do.  Fast for it's size too (18" run).  Usually only arm mounted weapons.  Watch the B configuration...very lethal.

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