In 2378, Lyran Commonwealth Archon Robert Marsden, on a tour of the Commonwealth's holdings, arrived on Loxley. Expecting to find a small Lyran agro-colony on the world, Marsden was startled to find instead an independent community of over 15,000 people, with a highly developed cottage-industry base. Marsden quickly claimed Loxley as Commonwealth territory (and part of his personal estates) and invited the doughty natives to join him as part of his loyal constabulary. When the people refused, an enraged Marsden ordered his men to occupy the planet by force.
This time, the Confederates fought back, but their sticks and stones were of little value against laser rifles and sonic mortars. Less than 1,500 Confederates - 10% of the original population - managed to survive the carnage, escaping in a lone JumpShip. No longer nursing any hopes of peaceful coexistence in the Inner Sphere, the Confederates headed into the Periphery.
Originally known as Norse Technologies, a major 'Mech producer during the Star League, Norse-Storm technologies of Loxley was re-formed in the mid-3030s when Colonel Griff Storm of the newly formed Storm's Metal Thunder mercenary command discovered the ruins of the original factories. Aided in the endeavor by general government loans and financial aid from Samuel Norse, a descendant of the Norse family who originally ran the Star League-era facilities, the newly incorporated Norse-Storm Technologies unveiled the super-heavy Devastator in 3048, immediately winning several contracts with the FedCom government to produce more.
By the mid-3050s, Norse-Storm had expanded its operations with a second facility on Solaris VII. Manufacturing five powerful 'Mech designs — most based on Star League-era schematics and making use of advanced technology — the company has enjoyed remarkable growth as a supplier to Lyran and mercenary interests. However, detractors of this "upstart" company often point out that some of Norse-Storm's most popular ventures — notably, the Maelstrom and Nightstar BattleMechs — would perhaps sell less well had they not been jointly devised alongside the larger, more financially secure FedSuns-based General Motors BattleMechs.
- System Name: Loxley
- Coordinates: -315.05, 226.11
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