|Vladimir "Ivan" Sorenson|
|Died||March 13, 3034|
|Warlord of Rasalhague|
|Siblings|| Richard Sorenson|
Vladimir "Ivan" Sorenson (Born 2973 - Died March 13, 3034 aged 61 years) was an officer of the Draconis Combine and the last Warlord of the Rasalhague Military District before the formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic.
Early Life and CareerEdit
Sorenson was born on the backwater planet Echo in the Pesht Military District. He became involved in gang activity, but he turned traitor on his confederates when the authorities moved in. Sorenson himself was assigned to hard labor on a DCMS base. He eventually gained the notice of one of the officers there, who helped him test out as a MechWarrior. He graduated from the Pesht District Gymnasium with honors.
Though an excellent MechWarrior, early on Sorenson was considered too undisciplined for an officer. After being assigned to lead several BattleMech charges, he learned to temper his anger and soon demonstrated excellent tactical and strategic ability. He qualified for officer training, and eventually found himself commanding various units along the Periphery border. During this time, he first came to the attention of Takashi Kurita, who would soon assume the role of Coordinator upon the death of Hohiro Kurita.
In Service to the DragonEdit
By 3019, Sorenson had achieved the rank of Tai-Sho on the staff of Marcus Kurita, Warlord of the Rasalhague Military District. He was assigned to personally escort the Coordinator on the last leg of the voyage to Rasalhague to attend the wedding of Takashi’s heir, Theodore Kurita, to the daughter of the district governor. While still in orbit of the planet, their DropShip was sabotaged as part of an assassination attempt on the Coordinator. With quick thinking, Sorenson managed to save himself and Takashi by bailing out of the doomed DropShip in his BattleMech, using his 'Mech’s jump jets to guide their descent and manage a crash landing. Though injured, he survived, and was soon rewarded with a promotion to Warlord. (In addition, Takashi clearly suspected Marcus Kurita of being party to the attempt on his life.) 
Sorenson was unquestionably loyal to Takashi. He would not hesitate to follow Takashi's orders to stamp out any hint of rebellion in the district. While Sorenson was good quelling rebellion in the area, his military skills were not good at planning and his skills tended towards defense, and the district suffered against Commonwealth attacks.
Fourth Succession WarEdit
In 3028, the Lyran Commonwealth conducted a massive invasion of the Combine as part of the Fourth Succession War. Sorenson was hard-pressed to effectively fight off the attacks on his district, and a large number of planets were lost. Particularly embarrassing was the assistance Rasalhague partisans provided to the Lyrans. Despite these setbacks, Sorenson was not removed from his position.
According to an apocryphal scenario, Ivan Sorenson masterminded a plan to conquer Suk II with minimal forces at some point between the Fourth Succession War and the formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic. Because of the heavy losses the DCMS had sufferen in the Fourth Succession War, the attack was carried out (primarily) by the Tooth of Ymir mercenary unit but the defenders - Hansen's Roughriders and a minor mercenary unit implied to have been Cameron's Legion - ultimately thwarted the plan.
Death and the Free Rasalhague RepublicEdit
Sorenson was killed in a traffic accident on March 13, 3034, while on his way to the press conference where Christian Mansdottir announced the formation of the Republic. It is implied, though ultimately unproven, that Theodore Kurita and his supporters engineered his death, believing that Sorenson would never support the Republic’s birth unless directly ordered to do so by Takashi Kurita. Marcus Kurita attempted to hold the District, resulting in the brief Ronin War. With the assistance of forces loyal to Theodore Kurita, the Republic would survive this conflict.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Sorenson was considered a talented but blustering officer. Though a capable field commander, his planning skills seemed grossly insufficient for coordinating an entire district. Nevertheless, he apparently inspired enough loyalty in the troops under his command that they sided with Marcus Kurita after his death. In his later years, he was well known for his fierce loyalty and respect to Takashi Kurita. Indeed, Sorenson seemed to be one of the few Warlords whom Takashi never openly questioned the loyalty of.
At the time of the assassination attempt on Takashi Kurita in 3019, Sorenson was piloting a Grasshopper 'Mech, which was sacrificed to save the Coordinator. When he was promoted to Warlord, he was awarded an Atlas by the thankful Coordinator.
Titles and PositionsEdit
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), "The Draconis Combine's Line of Succession and Partial Kurita Family Tree"
- Heir to the Dragon, p. 36
- Heir to the Dragon
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 172 "Ivan Sorenson"
- Drachentrick campaign, Wunderwelten Issue #14
- Brush Wars pp. 98-99
- Heir to the Dragon pp. 282
- Heir to the Dragon
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine) pp. 174
- Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 35