Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
LtJG Patrick Clooney "Shredder"
Former Bandit of the Bolton Gang
LtJG Patrick Clooney “Shredder” : Former bandit and pilot of a HER-1A Hermes. He presently pilots a ARC-2R Archer, having lost his previous vintage STN-3L Sentinel, in a skirmish on System – Dumassas.
Shredder is a Veteran Mech Pilot NPC, and leads the second lance in * The Blood Raiders. His brother MechWarrior Nick Clooney “Gunman”, a fellow pilot in the same unit, has sevred with him for many years. Both have skills in truck driving and in handling support weapons as a result of their time as bandits on System – Claybrooke.
Shredder has displayed a propensity to study, and has become a voracious reader, acquiring a small library during his time on System – Heroditus. In particular, he finds Star League history fascinating, and is becoming skilled at trivia regarding SL military trivia. He has also taken an interest in military strategy, and is a burgeoning leader.
He is said to be seen in the company of Tech Brandy Wiebe “Black Rose”, though they are not an official “item”.
Part of the “Bolton Gang”, Shredder and his brother were farmers were recruited to raid local ranches of supplies and cattle and make a sub-standard living through their illicit sales. All that changed, when the Bolton brothers recruited Fritz Sandleman.
Fritz knew things. His years spent working in the Deadwood factories had paid-off through teaching him how to handle IndustrialMechs, and even though he was fired on suspicion of theft, he took that knowledge with him back home to Custer. He joined the group, having “big city” experience, and began to push for leadership, ultimately planning a raid on the “Panther Gang”; a group of periphery bandits who had been trapped on Claybrooke for years and filled their pockets with the local’s goods and produce.
Nine months before meeting the Dingoes, the bandits used their knowledge of the area and their tough little hover trucks to raid the Panther Gang after a particularly hard night of celebration; they netted four of the Mechs and chased the remaining bandits away with a larger show of force than they actually had. Using the small repair facility built into the abandoned mine buildings at the “Panther Strike Mine”, the pair fought for and earned the right to pilot a pair of the battered Mechs. They’d been enjoying the power and prestige the machines had given them, but hadn’t been able to learn as much as they’d liked.
They were captured by the 13th Provisional Company, (later the Iron Dingoes) when the latter raided the mine site in a surprise raid. They have agreed to pilot whatever Mechs the unit possesses, though both acknowledge they are in need of more active field combat experience.
In the years since joining the unit, they have proven loyal and trustworthy, looking for the opportunity to fight and turn their new skills into a real career far from the boring fields and cattle of Claybrooke. They willingly take orders, and usually provide support for the Dingoes against infantry formations and help bolster the line units in their larger attacks.
In late-3223, he was transferred to * The Blood Raiders, promoted to LtJG, and given command of his own lance in that unit.