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Clovis Holstein

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Clovis Holstein
Born 3005
Computer Programmer
Parents Aldo Lestrade IV (father)
Danica Holstein (mother)
Spouse Karla Bremen
Children Daniel Holstein

Clovis Holstein was an excellent computer programmer and a lostech expert. He was also a dwarf.[1] Clovis wore meter-long stilts so that he could reach the computer controls with which he fiddled.[2]


Early LifeEdit

Born to an illicit affair between Aldo Lestrade IV and her mother far better than she ever wished. During the same raid that killed Aldo's father and made him Duke, her mother fled Summer with the aid of a Heimdall cell. Clovis was born within six months, I was born, and was inducted into Heimdall.[3]

Other children were very cruel with him, but her mother comforted him with stories of his father, who she said was a bold MechWarrior who would someday come and take them both away. As he grew older, he heard uncharitable references to his mother as 'the Duke's whore.' Slowly, the truth began to dawn, and finally one night he finally confronted his mother. She admitted that she'd become pregnant by Aldo Lestrade, but being too terrified of him to deny his advances or to report that he'd gotten her with child. She told him not to speak about it. A secret he only revealed when he asked his rights to kill his father twenty four years later.[3]

Fourth Succession WarEdit

With his mother and the rest of their Heimdall allies they accepted a job from Gray Noton to hijack the Silver Eagle. They started by sabotaged the JumpShip Meridian in the Fomalhaut system on 11 May 3027, and with Clovis' manipulation of Monopole Lines systems allowed them to reassign the Silver Eagle to the Heimdall-affiliated JumpShip Bifrost instead. Unaware of who the high-profile passenger aboard really was, but already thinking this could be a plot to damage Katrina Steiner, Danica Holstein and her son Clovis abduct the Silver Eagle to an abandoned mining colony in the Styx system and not to the expected rendezvous point.[1]

To their shock, Kuritan Invader JumpShip, appeared in-system on 23 May, obviously aiming to capture the Silver Eagle. The Jumpships launched a Fury Dropships, most probably ISF troopers. At that time it is revealed that "Joana Barker" is indeed Melissa Steiner and the likely target, prompting Heimdall to ally with their erstwhile hostages in an attempt to fend off the incoming troops and prevent her capture. And then a second Invader arrived, hauling an Overlord this time, which ended being the Genyosha.[2]

Clovis helped to coordinate the defense of the Styx base,[2] and when the ISF troopers reached them, he helped Melissa to escape through the tunnels to the surface with help from Andrew Redburn where they found the Kell Hounds who had arrived in-system escaping from a Kurita trap on Pacifica.[4]

The Kell Hounds engaged and repelled the Genyosha, though unit commander Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Kell loses a BattleMech duel with Yorinaga Kurita and later dies of the wounds he suffered, and he was present when Melissa told the Patrick and other Kell Hounds that she would be marrying Hanse Davion[5], and later, he swore this to secrecy in from of Hanse himself. As per their actions, he and his Heimdall colleagues were given a full pardon.[5]

Nearly a year later (3 March 3028), while his mother is in Lyons, where Duke Aldo Lestrade has reluctantly allowed the Heimdall refugees from Styx to settle in the newly-built town of New Freedom on orders from the Archon, Clovis was in Arc-Royal when the Kell Hounds were reformed to a full regiment where he went to help Eire MechWorks (it is implied he contributed his programming skills to the development of the Wolfhound). He was also with Dan Allard when they both tried to identify the sensor reaction to Morgan Kell's Archer's piloting.[6][7]

In the 5 April 3029 he was in Lyons (part of the Isle of Skye) organizing the latest stages of New Freedom as acting Mayor of the town, when Aldo Lestrade requested the Kell Hounds to leave.[8]

Then Kuritan troopers attack, in this case elements of the Third Dieron Regulars attacked the planet. Clovis Holstein found himself, with Karla Bremen and thirty children holed up in a bunker as Kurita troops attack and ravage the town, indiscriminately executing the population. While trying to get a message of the attack to Morgan Kell he is caught, but saved by the sudden appearance of Dan Allard in his Wolfhound. Analyzing their defeated opponents' computers they find that the ISF felt the Styx refugees posed a danger to the Draconis Combine (presumably because of the Silver Eagle Affair) and had ordered their extermination. The Kell Hounds deduct that it was none other than Duke Aldo Lestrade himself who set the unwanted colony up to be destroyed, to further his own political agenda. At this, Clovis Holstein reveals that he is Duke Lestrade's illegitimate son and announces that he will personally kill his treacherous father.[3]

In Castle Lestrade on Summer, Clovis Holstein confronted his father, Duke Aldo Lestrade, revealing his identity and finally watching the Duke die from the poison he had given him.[9]

The Kell HoundsEdit

After that, his whereabouts cannot be confirmed, though he worked along Wolf's Dragoons, Kell Hounds and Dr. Banzai in the development of Inner Sphere advanced weapons,[10] and on the redesign of Justin Allard's arm laser.[11]

He was also directly involved in the redesign of Yen-Lo-Wang with advanced technology, an on the 21 September 3051 he presented the modifications to both Hanse Davion and Kai Allard-Liao.[12]

At that time it is confirmed that he is already married.[12]

He continued his excellent work for Eire MechWorks, and continued working there in its next incarnation, Arc-Royal MechWorks, and by 3067 he was the company's CEO.[13]

Death and LegacyEdit

It is not know when he died.

Marriage and ChildrenEdit

He was married to Karla Bremen who bore him a son: Daniel Holstein.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Warrior: En Garde, Chapter 41
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Warrior: En Garde, Chapter 45
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Warrior: Coupé, Chapter 15
  4. Warrior: En Garde, Chapter 54
  5. 5.0 5.1 Warrior: En Garde, Chapter 57
  6. Warrior: Riposte, Chapter 21
  7. Warrior: Riposte, Chapter 23
  8. Warrior: Coupé, Chapter 07
  9. Warrior: Coupé, Chapter 47
  10. Blood Legacy, Chapter 01
  11. Blood Legacy, Chapter 03
  12. 12.0 12.1 Blood Legacy, Chapter 24
  13. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 138, "Arc-Royal MechWorks Profile"
  14. Experimental Technical Readout: Mercs, p. 7, "SCHWERER GUSTAV"