Victor, Kai, Hohiro,Sun-tzu,Phelen
Posted 14 January 2012 - 07:19 AM
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:19 PM
Although I would probably pick Anastasius Focht if he was on the list, he's one of the coolest and most interesting Battletech characters IMO.
Favorite female characters are Melissa Steiner and Khan Kabrinski of the Ghost Bears. Melissa because of her all around lovable personality, and Kabrinski because she kept the Bears together during some very tough times and succesfully maneuvered around the intrigues and confusion of the Crusader Wolves crisis.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:34 PM
He was a talented mechwarrior, great tactician, and as loyal of a friend as you could have, he is one of those guys who would always have your back, and a good moral compass as well.
Anastasius Focht is without a doubt one of the best characters in all of the battletech series, but Galen *** should be on this list as well.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:49 PM
i would have to say Victor for the simple fact that he is able to lead so well and is Just as good in a mech.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:44 PM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:13 AM
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:36 AM
I liked Phelan earlier on (Kerensky Trilogy), but later when he was Khan of Wolves-in-Exile he was way too seriously written, not the same guy at all.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:43 AM
Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:23 AM
Not because they were super awesome best things ever, but because both were fundamentally flawed characters.
Victor was a fantastic leader of men, a superb strategist, and a decent mech pilot. He knew how to inspire loyalty and attracted people of excellent caliber and ability. If he had been the second child, and assigned to be the AFFC Marshal of the Armies, the Steiner-Davion armed forces would have been nearly unstoppable.
But he was a terrible First Prince. He just wasn't a political creature, and didn't really have the moral flexiblity necessary to deal with the things a House Lord would have to deal with. He also didn't have the mindset to look for and properly anticipate the treachery and back dealing that plagues the upper echelons of Inner Sphere power players. It just wasn't his nature.
Flip Victor and you have Katherine. A completely political creature, who couldn't have developed a military tactic or judged a military leader's value if her realm depended on it (which it did, and look how that turned out). But her lack of military expertise wasn't her only flaw, nor her largest one. She lacked morality, and she lacked a moral advisor she could trust and would listen to. Because of her lack of morality, she isolated herself, and basically had to go it alone. She didn't appoint people she could trust, because she didn't trust anyone, and instead appointed people she could manipulate. Which is why her military was run by (mostly) sycophants rather than strategists. She picked people who wouldn't turn against her rather than people who could get the job done.
If things had gone a little differently, and there had been a greater bond between siblings, the Fed-Com could conceivably have become the new Star League. With Victor tempering Katherine's ruthlessness and enabling her conquests, they would have been a nightmare for the other States. But because they were at odds, it gave us two people who were custom built to exploit each others weaknesses, which gave us some pretty good stories.
Brgrudgingly, I'd pick Sun-Tzu as a distant third. He was a Katherine without her weakness regarding appointing sycophants. He recognized ability and promoted it. He also displayed the patience necessary to play the long game that Katherine lacked in the end.
Edited by Cassius Brown, 26 January 2012 - 09:24 AM.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:01 PM
The other people that you mention also did things that would help out during the clan war. But Tyra bought them the time with her life.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:53 AM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:07 AM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:34 AM
I've grown to appreciate Victor more and more as the years have gone on.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:31 PM
Or, let's get really old school.....Rex "Grease" Anderson. A small time tech who just happened to save a small mercenary force from destruction by Kurita forces. Of course, wouldn't you know it, that small mercenary force proved pivotal in helping to stop the Clans from taking Luthien.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:11 AM
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