The first Noisiel Summer Games were held in 3047, when Duke Michael — founder and CEO of Alextep Engineering Services (an interstellar producer of civilian and military engineering vehicles and equipment) — challenged his son and chief business rival, Heinrich (himself founder and CEO of Heinrich SupporTech Interstellar), to a unique form of BattleMech duel. Intended to resolve a professional conflict over who would bid on a government contract, the Alexteps planned to hold their duel in public on the rolling hills of Duke Michael’s Teppokhan Prime estate and invited all citizens to attend. The modest ticket price, both men also decided, would be divided evenly among local charities and a fund to pay for any repairs needed on the two family-owned Atlases used in the duel.
But while both Alexteps were accomplished MechWarriors and their machines would carry live ammunition, this was not to be a conventional duel by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, Duke Michael’s challenge amounted to a one-on-one game of BattleMech-sized rugby, with a large, half-ton, ballistic-polymer sphere serving as the ball and a full square kilometer of the Alextep estate serving as the playing field.
The event, advertised by local media consortiums on several neighboring worlds, brought scores of spectators and proved an amazing success, and in the wake of the Clan invasion — after the younger Alextep served a tour in the AFFC on the Clan front — the Noisiel Summer Games became a part of local tradition and a huge boost for the planet’s tourism and entertainment industries.
In the years after the Clan invasion, the Alextep family has vastly expanded their Games to include a wide range of sports and opened the competitions to MechWarriors from Solaris and well as mercenaries looking for a break from the backstabbing politics of normal Inner Sphere life. Now a 12-day event held every local summer, the Games are part ’Mech show and part talent competition, but one which emphasizes more piloting skill and finesse than kill ratios. MechWarriors taking part in the Games are expected to compete in a variety of sports “upgraded” to BattleMech scale, including baseball, football, hockey, and chess. Unique BattleMech-based “talent shows”, parades, and pageants round out these festivities.
Although all combat in the Games uses live ammunition, the Alexteps ensure the best medical and technical care for all contestants and their machines. This enables those who come here to compete in the Games to focus solely on winning these “BattleMech Olympics” and makes such competitors much more accessible to any visiting Solaris talent scouts or Great House employers who might like what they see in the Games.
- System Name: Noisiel
- Coordinates: -311.13, 149.44
- Star Type: K0V
- Position in System: 3
- Time to Jump Point: 5.46 days
- Recharging Station: None
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 431
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Avian
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