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                 BattleMech Technical Readout

Name/Model:         Scorpion SCP-12S
Designer:           Catalyst Game Labs
Source(s):          Record Sheets: 3067
                    Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged, Project Phoenix
                    Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade, Complete
                    Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade, Mercenary
                    Record Sheets: Phoenix Upgrade, Steiner
                    Technical Readout: Project Phoenix
Technology:         Inner Sphere
Technology Rating:  E
Tonnage:            55
Configuration:      Quad BattleMech
Era/Year:           Civil War / 3066
Rules (Current):    Tournament Legal
Rules (Era):        Tournament Legal
Rules (Year):       Tournament Legal
Total Cost:         9,524,750 C-Bills
Battle Value:       1,109

Structure:            Endo Steel
Power Plant:          330 Light Fusion
Walking Speed:        64.8 kph  
Maximum Speed:        97.2 kph  
Jump Jets:            None
    Jump Capacity:    None
Armor:                Standard
Armament:             
    1 LB 10-X AC
    1 SRM 6
Manufacturer:         Unknown
    Primary Factory:  Unknown
Communications:       Unknown
Targeting & Tracking: Unknown

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Overview:
    Developed as the first production Quad BattleMech, the Scorpion unfortunately became one of
    the most unpopular assignments for MechWarriors ever fielded. Faced with poor sales,
    Brigadier ceased manufacturing the design before the start of the Succession Wars. The
    Scorpion faded into the mists of memory and life went on in the Inner Sphere.
    
    In 3065, heavy fighting on Hesperus II uncovered a long-forgotten bunker containing
    records and prototypes from an abandoned Scorpion-LAM program. Defiance Industries initially
    had no interest in reviving an unworkable project that previous executives had buried
    (literally). The chassis redesign in the prototypes, however, promised to correct the poor
    handling that had made the Scorpion so unpopular. Ultimately, the success of the Tarantula
    and Barghest combined with Vicore Industries' successful initiative of revamping classic
    designs persuaded Defiance Industries to use this data to produce a conventional BattleMech.
    With the Lyran merchants' legendary guile, Defiance acquired a license to produce the
    reviled Scorpion from Brigadier for a song (naturally omitting to disclose their discovery).

Capabilities:
    The suspension system redesign and the streamlining of some components (holdovers from the
    doomed LAM project) altered the profile of the Scorpion considerably. MechWarriors expecting
    to strap themselves into a veritable "bucking bronco" are pleasantly surprised by the
    smoothness of the ride and the comfort of the new cockpit module. The inclusion of a Light
    engine keeps costs down while allowing a heavier LB 10-X autocannon to be carried in place
    of a PPC. Paired with an SRM 6 launcher, this gives the Scorpion a weapons array that is
    perfect for anti-vehicle and anti-battle-armor operations. The ammunition for both weapons
    systems is stored in a CASE-protected magazine in the left side of the body.
    
    Critics point out that while the unique maneuverability of the Scorpion is a distinct
    advantage, it still suffers the problem of all Quad designs; a limited arc of fire for the
    torso mounted weapons. Lacking arms, the Scorpion is also very vulnerable in the kind of
    tight quarters in which infantry and vehicles are most effective.

Deployment:
    Although Quad designs have gained acceptance, Defiance Industries still have an uphill
    struggle in overcoming the Scorpion's past reputation. They had to sweeten the deal with
    discounts on spare parts before the Lyran Regulars were willing to accept a production run
    for their Lightning Companies. They have had far more success in selling the relatively
    inexpensive design to cost-conscious Mercenary commands.
    
    
    
    Variant
    
    
    
    In early 3067, Word of Blake representatives approached the Brigadier Corporation with
    plans for an upgraded Scorpion incorporating the same innovations made by Defiance
    Industries. The SCP-12C uses an XL engine and ferro-fibrous armor in place of an endo steel
    internal structure. A Magna Firestar ER PPC and an ER small laser replace the autocannon,
    while the space occupied by the SRM 6 and CASE is left empty. It appears that the Blakists
    mount an iNarc launcher and C3i unit after taking delivery.
    
    Why the Word of Blake requires yet another BattleMech design is a mystery. The recently
    formed Grand Illusion III-gamma of the Ninth Division fields several Scorpions, but most of
    Brigadier's output has vanished, possible to help outfit one of the Word of Blake's "Phantom
    Divisions" that our analysts speculate about.

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Equipment                                                             Mass                      
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Internal Structure:                         Endo Steel                 3.00                     
Engine:                                  330 Light Fusion             18.50                     
    Walking MP:                                 6                                               
    Running MP:                                 9                                               
    Jumping MP:                                 0                                               
Heat Sinks (Double):                         10 [20]                   0.00                     
Gyro:                                        Standard                  4.00                     
Cockpit:                                     Standard                  3.00                     
Armor Factor:                                  144                     9.00                     
    Type:                                    Standard                                           

                                    Internal         Armor     
                                    Structure        Value     
    Head:                               3              9       
    Center Torso:                      18             21       
    Center Torso (rear):                               6       
    R/L Torso:                         13             18       
    R/L Torso (rear):                                  4       
    R/L Front Leg:                     13             16       
    R/L Rear Leg:                      13             16       

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Weapons and Ammo                                       Location          Critical     Tonnage   
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LB 10-X AC                                                RT                6         11.00             
SRM 6                                                     RT                2          3.00             
CASE                                                      LT                1          0.50             
LB 10-X AC (Ammo 10)                                      LT                1          1.00             
LB 10-X AC (Ammo 10) [Cluster]                            LT                1          1.00             
SRM 6 (Ammo 15)                                           LT                1          1.00