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MechWarrior 5: Origins

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Although it is an official BattleTech product, the subject of this article does not meet the current criteria for Canon for the BattleTech universe.
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MechWarrior 5: Origins
Product information
Type Anthology
Author Randall N. Bills
Pages 528
Cover artwork David Kerber
Publication information
Publisher MechaPub Inc
First published 12 December 2019
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 5 December 2991 - 21 October 3013

A self-described anthology, MechWarrior 5: Origins–otherwise referred to as the MechWarrior 5 Origins Series–is a collection of eight original BattleTech short stories (called novellas by the publisher) penned by Randall N. Bills. These stories were first offered individually just prior to the launch of the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries computer game as free tie-in fiction in electronic format, and then also in an electronic omnibus collection on 12 December 2019, two days after the game's launch.

The individual stories narrate the backgrounds of important characters from the game and the genesis of the Nik's Cavaliers mercenary unit. As they are interconnected, they can arguably be regarded as individual chapters of a single story, and the anthology can thus arguably be described as a novel. (The stories' combined wordcount in the anthology significantly exceeds 40,000 words.)


This publication is a promotional publication going with the MechWarrior 5 game and, like MechWarrior 5, derives from Piranha Games' license to BattleTech video games instead of the (distinct) "mainline" BattleTech license held by Catalyst Game Labs. As such it does not meet the criteria for canon in the "mainline" BattleTech universe and is therefore flagged as apocryphal.

Individual short storiesEdit

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