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Jardine

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Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)

Jardine (Herakleion)
Jardine nearby systems (3151)
Jardine nearby systems (3151)
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -200.944 : -91.199[e]
Spectral class G2V or G3V[1]
Planets 5

HistoryEdit

The Jardine system consists of a G-class star with with four rocky planets (one of them in the life zone, implicitly the world of Jardine/Herakleion), one gas giant, and two asteroid belts.

As part of ComStar's attempt to curtail the location and continued existence of Jardine, the system's name was at one point surreptitiously changed to Herakleion (other spellings include "Herakleione" and "Heraklieone"[2]). Apparently, first a faux twin system of Jardine named "Herakleion" was inserted into all starmaps and other sources and tagged as a dead or dying world right from the onset, then it was conflated with Jardine, and finally Jardine was retroactively deleted from all starmaps and other sources.

As a result, all that remained of Jardine by 3067 was a collective memory that such a world had once existed and had been lost during the Succession Wars; but nobody could find it on star maps, or recalled its location.[1]

There are some subtle differences between the stellar data on public record for Jardine and for "Herakleion", though it is unclear which data is accurate for the real star system: As of 3067, Jardine was supposedly a G3V star while Herakleion war supposedly a G2V star; the world of Jardine was moonless, while two moons were listed for Herakleion; and the system's sole gas giant was reportedly in the fourth position in the Herakleion system, but in another (unspecified) position for the Jardine system.[1]

As of 2811, a world named "Heraklieone" was marked as a dying world within the Free Worlds League,[2] but it is unknown if or to what extent the name change of Jardine was already in progress. The world mentioned as "Heraklieone" may or may not have been Jardine, another system, or an entirely made-up name at that point.

Public records in 3067 claimed that "Herakleion" had been hit by an extremely virulent bio-warfare agent around 2815, and had been quarantined and its population of some 40 to 50 million people written off by the Free Worlds League.[1] Within the Herakleion (Jardine) system, automated ComStar Safe Transit and Astrogation Project beacons within the systems warned of a "Class Ten Extreme Biological Hazard Site" on behalf of Captain-General Thaddeus Marik, and forbade all vessels from approaching the planet, threatening prosecution under interstellar quarantine law up to and including seizure or destruction of offending vessels.[3] Beyond serving as warning buoys, the centuries-old satellites around the planet had a secret secondary function, namely to watch for trespassing vessels, raise an intruder alert, and launch aerospace fighter drones.[3]

Jardine was re-discovered around 3067, but in the chaos of the Jihad the information was lost again.

Political AffiliationEdit

Planetary HistoryEdit

Jardine was originally settled during the Terran Alliance era[4] and by 2571 had been incorporated into the Free Worlds League as one of many autonomous worlds.[5] It is located between Ideyld and Rexburg and vanished from maps during the 2nd Succession War.[10][12]

At some point between the end of the Star League and the end of the First Succession War, it was renamed to Herakleion in a deliberate attempt to obfuscate Jardine's existence and location.

The jungle world with its ethnically Polynesian population was subsequently maintained by ComStar (or rather, a secret cabal within ComStar) and later the Word of Blake as one of their near-mythical Five Hidden Worlds. It was a dedicated center for cybertechnology and the world where the Manei Domini cyborg warriors were created and trained.

Thomas Marik was brought to Jardine for treatment following his injuries in the 3035 bomb blast.

Thomas Halas eventually learned of Jardine's location and sent an expedition; however, according to a report dated 13 October 3070 they found the world destroyed, rendered uninhabitable by a volcano. This supervolcano had swallowed the world's single large settlement, the city of Hope, and was irrevocably destroying the planet's biosphere, destroying all traces of the Manei Domini operations.[20]

Military DeploymentEdit

2765Edit

2786Edit

  • Twelfth Atrean Dragoons[22]

Local FaunaEdit

NotesEdit

In an unofficial discussion thread on the BattleTech Forum, Herbert A. Beas II, who had been the BattleTech Line Developer while the Jihad era played out, explained the world and its demise thus:[23]

Because the world was supposed to be "dead", it couldn't have much of an active defense network, to avoid casual discovery. Thus, Jardine's defense consisted of warning buoys and drone launcher satellites that only activated when specifically beamed a warning. Even the population centers were tightly controlled (which is why the planet has "Waywards"--people who live outside the city, but at a decidedly low-tech level). As it happens, the primary city--Hope--stood atop a supervolcano-sized pocket of magma, where it likely fed itself on the geo-thermal energy as much as anything else. From orbit, you'd have mistaken them for ruins....if you hadn't done something to trigger a drone attack, like Stevens did.
The real fun begins, of course, when one drops a half-megaton asteroid at relativistic speeds on that supervolcano. Gets a deeper impact that even a nuke can pull off quickly, liquifies Hope AND the surrounding Wayward communities, buries and/or incinerates all the hidden warehouses and bunkers storing surplus gear, and spews enough ash and smoke into the atmosphere to potentially send the rest of the planet into a mini-ice age. Jardine's ecosystem or feline analog mammals and rainforests will likely perish completely over the next few decades, and all that would be left for anyone to find would be on the continents and islands deliberately left to decay since the planet was initially erased from the maps in the First War.

He confirmed later in the same thread that the asteroid strike was carried out by the Erinyes, the Word of Blake's secret planetkiller WarShip.[24]

(It should be noted that these explanations are not technically canonical, as they were not posted in an official function or in the forum section reserved for canonical rulings and explanations. As such, this background information, which is not known within the BattleTech universe at large and was not explicitly given in any canonical source, may be invalidated or altered in the future.)

Nearby SystemsEdit

Closest 40 systems (40 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Ideyld 6.3 Zortman 18.2 Szombathely 20.0 Shasta 20.7
Midkiff 20.9 Flychenia 21.4 Rexburg 21.4 Coriscana 22.2
Sterling 22.4 Pingree 26.3 Preston 30.5 Autumn Wind 33.6
Spirit 34.2 Thermopolis 36.0 Esztergom 36.7 Laureles 38.0
Niihau 38.3 Campbelton 38.6 Escobas 38.7 Sheridan 40.8
Szepes 42.1 Togwotee 42.5 Gallatin 43.5 Gannett 46.9
Washburn 47.3 Cascade 48.9 Zempoatlepetl 49.2 McAffe 50.0
Mundrabilla 50.0 Rasalas 50.3 Megrez 50.3 Kirkenlaard 51.1
Hódmezovásárhely 51.9 Paradise 52.5 Colfax 52.8 Labouchere 55.0
Tongatapu 58.3 Dickinson 58.5 Loyalty 59.2 Bondurant 59.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Forgotten Worlds, Book 1: The Hunt for Jardine, chapter 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cutting Losses, in: Interstellar Operations, p. 343
  3. 3.0 3.1 Forgotten Worlds, Book 2: Finding Jardine, chapter 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: House Marik, p. 16, "Free Worlds League Founding [2271]"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Handbook: House Marik, p. 24, "Free Worlds League after Age of War [2571]"
  6. Historical: Reunification War, p. 158, "Inner Sphere - 2596"
  7. Era Report: 2750, p. 36, "Inner Sphere - 2750"
  8. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - 2765"
  9. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 24-25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Handbook: House Marik, p. 34, "Free Worlds League after First Succession War [2822]"
  11. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 112-113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Handbook: House Marik, p. 38, "Free Worlds League after Second Succession War [2822]"
  13. Handbook: House Marik, p. 42, "Free Worlds League after Third Succession War [3025]"
  14. Handbook: House Marik, p. 51, "Free Worlds League after Fourth Succession War [3030]"
  15. Handbook: House Marik, p. 54, "Free Worlds League after Operation Guerrero [3058]"
  16. Handbook: House Marik, p. 56, "Free Worlds League after FedCom Civil War [3067]"
  17. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  18. Era Report: 3145, p. 10, "Inner Sphere Map - [3135]"
  19. Era Report: 3145, p. 38, "Inner Sphere Map - [3145]"
  20. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 269 (sidebar report)
  21. Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 9, "Atrean Dragoons"
  22. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 138, "First Succession War Deployment Table - FWLM"
  23. In this thread, specifically here
  24. In his answer here to a question asked here

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