Mass: 35 tons Chassis: Foundation Ultralight Endo Steel Power Plant: Omni 210 Cruising Speed: 64 kph Maximum Speed: 97 kph Jump Jets: Luxor Load Lifters Jump Capacity: 180 meters Armor: Durallex Nova Armament:
4 Hotshot Flamers
2 Defiance B3M Medium Lasers
1 Diverse Optics Type 10 Small Laser
1 SureFire 444 Anti-Missile System Manufacturer: Coventry Metal Works Primary Factory: Coventry Communications System: Cyclops 14 Targeting and Tracking System: Cyclops-Beagle Sensory Probe
A specialty BattleMech originally designed by Argile Technologies on Skye, the Firestarter became the de facto standard for incendiary platforms. With production numbering well into the thousands, Firestarters were a common sight among House and mercenary troops throughout the Succession Wars. When the Argile plant (and corporate headquarters) was leveled on Skye during the Third Succession War, several other BattleMech manufacturers immediately began producing their own. As a result, the Firestarter has many variants that are still in service today. Because most ofthe designs share commonly made parts, these cheap, light ’Mechs are easy to maintain and thus a staple in many reconnaissance and garrison units.
The Firestarter’s popularity and ease of manufacture made it an ideal candidate for "omnification,” resulting in Luthien Armor Work’s FS9-O medium OmniMech series.
Capabilities Originally intended as a mobile incendiary ’Mech, the Firestarter evolved into a decent scouting and reconnaissance platform. Amid the rediscovery of Beagle probes and Guardian ECM suites, Coventry Metal Works was one of the first to produce a dedicated scout platform with the FS9-S and FS9-S1 variants. With the advent of the Firestarter Omni series, interest in the original design waned.
Deployment Both ancient and newer Firestarters can still be found in abundance among planetary militias and House units. Even with the capture of CMW’s primary facility on Coventry by Blakist forces, spare parts are available from other Firestarter manufacturers (including LAW, Ceres Metals, Defiance, and Independence Weaponry).
Loki field offices along the Circinus Federation border are concerned about several reported instances of a new variant utilizing endo steel technology on Federation-raided worlds. This new variant seems designed to spread chaos and destruction with its specialized load-out.
Firestarters have also been spotted in Level IIsized formations among Blakist forces in their Protectorate, most often seen at "police demonstrations” and guarding suspected prison camps. These variants are surmised to be products of Coventry.
Variants Coventry’s limited foray in the Periphery market included a variant loaded with several one-shot rocket pods, ferro-fibrous armor and double heat sinks. Though very capable of defending itself with the additional firepower, the design never took off as most Periphery customers already had a large number of Firestarters available to them.
The Circinian design—seemingly manufactured within the Federation—sports an endo-steel structure, paired flamers and small lasers, and an SRM two-pack in the torso. Without exception, these Federation Firestarters are loaded with infernos, which are used wantonly during the recent raiding along the Alliance border. Whole cities have been set ablaze for no apparent reason other than instilling fear in the populace.
One Wolfnet report included a detailed schematic of a new Blakist variant that seems to be coming off the captured CMW line on Coventry, which was believed to be destroyed by the initial Word of Blake assault. Dubbed the FS9-B, it mounts a C3i computer system, three flamers, an extended-range medium laser, endosteel and light ferro-fibrous armor, and the design is highly mobile with the inclusion of an improved jump jet system. It also has a heat problem, which generally relegates it to garrison and defensive roles.
Similar to the FS9-A, the FS9-K moves the side torso energy hardpoints
to the arms, but is otherwise the same. A good choice for pilots who
prefer weapons in the arms. The stock loudout in no way makes use of the
available hardpoints, however.
No ammunition concerns
Heat can be a major problem
The Firestarter FS9-H utilizes machine guns in the left and right torso.
Hardpoints are located in all possible sections except the head
The Firestarter FS9-A features an all energy weapon loadout.
Hardpoints are located in all possible sections except the head.
No ammunition concerns
Heat can be a major problem
A 35 ton Hero mech, the Ember is fast, equipped with jump jets, and can
bring an impressive array of energy weapons and machine guns into play.
Like all Hero Mechs, the Firestarter FS9-E "Ember" provides a 30%
It comes equipped with Endo-Steel and Double Heat Sinks. Armament includes four Flamers and four Machine Guns.
Like all Firestarters, the Ember is a fast 35 tonner, with a combination
of energy and ballistic hardpoints, as well as jump jets.
Similar to other Firestarters, the Ember lacks missile hardpoints.
Notable MechWarriors Portia "Torrent” Ryan: Claiming to be a relation of the famed pirate Redjack Ryan, Portia Ryan managed to fight her way into Paula "Lady Death” Trevaline’s good graces with her timely interruption of an assassination attempt, during a visit to her Tortuga Dominions. Rewarded with the leadership of Scourge Company, Portia’s obsessive attention to detail has served her well in several scouting missions along the Concordat border. Her compulsive nature is accented by her obsessive nature with fire; when given leave, she meticulously sets raging fires that are not only destructive, but when observed from above, eerily symmetrical to the point of being works of art.
Adept Cornelius "Dante” Jones: A convicted arsonist on Terra, Jones avoided Amazonia’s death penalty by accepting an offer to serve in the Word of Blake’s Mortuary Unit (the Mortuarii). Used primarily as a clean-up unit, this Level II consists mainly of Oppie HazMat Recovery Vehicle teams, converted APC "body wagons,” and Jones’ probe-equipped FS9-S Firestarter. The Mortuarii’s sole purpose is to clean selected sites of battlefield debris so that the Word of Blake may then redevelop the area for other usage. Jones indulges his fascination with fire by torching battle-damaged structures. With his continuing experience, he has developed a keen eye on how to place a fire to bring down a structure in the fastest possible time.