|Author||Randall N. Bills|
|Cover artwork||David Kerber|
|First published||29 November 2019|
|Era||Succession Wars era|
|Timeline||17 June 3005|
|Series||MechWarrior 5: Origins|
|Preceded by||Endless War|
|Followed by||Dissimulate Wanderer|
Contested Dreams, subtitled A MechWarrior 5 Origins Series Story, Installment 4, is an original BattleTech novella penned by Randall N. Bills. It was released in electronic format on 29 November 2019.
The MechWarrior 5 Origins series is offered as a free tie-in product supporting the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries computer game; the individual stories narrate the backgrounds of important characters from the game.
This novella is a promotional publication going with MechWarrior 5 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.
- Sergeant Brooklynn Jales
- Captain Chloe Reed
- Dawson Clarmont
- Fahad Arazad
- Nikolai Mason
- Ryana Campbell
- Baron Geric Keeling (mentioned)
- Jules Vonic (mentioned)
- Sebastian Spears (mentioned)
- Wilhelm Mouttheim (mentioned)