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{{otheruses|the profession|other meanings|MechWarrior (disambiguation)}}
With the creation of the first [[BattleMech]] in the twenty-fifth century the face of battle in the [[Inner Sphere]] changed. In the centuries that followed these awesome machines and the men and women that piloted them came to be viewed as the modern incarnation of the Knight Errant. These masters of the modern battlefield were given honors, and some were even raised to the nobility on the merit of their accomplishments. Over time a social class of MechWarriors formed and a series of traditions became established. During the long years of the [[Succession Wars]] many warriors owned their BattleMechs and a tradition of passing the 'Mech and the responsibilities one generation to the next generation within a family line started. These 'Mechs became a treasured resource of those lucky enough to have them and these vehicles were coveted and repaired again and again over the centuryscenturies.
This changed with the end of the [[Fourth Succession War]]. With the discovery, development and rapid addoption of many new and old technologies, the ancient 'Mechs that had held the field for so many years became hopelessly outclassed by the new generation of BattleMechs leaving factory lines throughout the Inner Sphere. The average MechWarrior could not keep up with the House sponsored armies in keeping their systems and components up to date and soon fell hopelessly behind. With the coming of the Clans this became even more evident. The change in culture has had grave consequences for the private ownership of BattleMechs. Most of the newer Inner Sphere produced 'Mechs ar owned by the various House Militaries, while amoungst the Clans all property is owned by the [[Clan]] itself and a Clan MechWarrior never owns his own equipment.
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