This past weekend saw two new pilots attempt to join SJ. They were nominated by an SJ officer as worthy of facing existing SJ members in a Trial of Entrance. SJ Red acted as the presiding officer over the trials. SJ Vic Viper took over this responsibility when SJ Red was the opponent. Our clan requires a worthy applicant to face three SJ warriors in single combat. The applicant must fell at least one warrior to join our ranks. The applicant may choose the specific arena of combat or the mech class for combat.

The first trial was for applicant Proxema. He comes to us from the a previous mercenary group. I stood beside him in many battles with that unit. I know him to be skilled in all ares of combat. He has previously displayed leadership skills as drop commander for the WR Mercenaries in the Chaos March. He also has participated in drop list creation in the event. His name is feared when spoken among many corners of the Inner Sphere. This made him worthy of consideration, but not induction, into SJ. For that, he would have to prove himself against SJ warriors on the battlefield.

He landed on Huntress from his Shiva descending from the sky. SJ Red met him to explain the upcoming trial. He was to face SJ Duelist, SJ Pabst Can, and SJ Vic Viper in single fall combat. He was given the choice of selecting arena or mech class. SJ Red and his Shadowcat ensured no one would dare interfere...

Candidate Proxema

In the first battle Proxema choose the heavy mech class and took a Madcat A to counter the Thanatos D of SJ duelist. SJ Duelist chose the TSA Underground arena. Proxema was declared the winner in a fierce brawl. The victory secured his place in our ranks. But he had yet to face two more combatants.  (duelist perspective)  (1st part)

Proxema choose the medium mech class. Proxema selected the Bushwacker B. Pabst Can piloted the Ryoken A. Pabst Can choose the arena TSA Alshain. Pabst Can felled Proxema in the epic fight.  (2nd part)

The final opponent for Proxema was SJ Vic Viper. Proxema exercised his right to challenge in the Assault mech class. He took a Masakari Prime while Vic Viper chose a Daishi F. The arena chosen was TC Enkeladaus. The combatants found each other after much manuevering. The fight progressed from long to middle range before the Masakari was fell. (3rd part)

Candidate Proxema, you have proven your worthiness for induction into the warriors of SJ. Your deafest of SJ Duelist shows your skills as a pilot to be worthy to be placed among us. Welcome warrior Proxema. You may now carry the ~SJ~ tags to signify you are one of us.

The second trial was for Bayard. I fought alongside Bayard in countless battles. Bayard grew into a great warrior as he trained among some of the finest pilots of the Inner Sphere. His technical skills and quick wit provided useful in all aspects of the unit. He is a master of tanks and a skilled mech pilot. His versatility on and off the battlefield make him a valuable ally. He has demonstrated aptitude in training new recruits and pilots. He comes with high recommendations from his previous unit. His name bears great respect among his fellow pilots throughout the galaxy. Yet he had to demonstrate his skills on the battlefield. Bayard arrived via Demoliser to encounter SJ Red. Red explained that he would face SJ Duelist, SJ Red, and SJ Vic VIper In single fall combat. SJ Red trusted his gauss rifle would make sure no would interfere.

Bayard choose to compete in medium mechs. SJ Duelist selected the TC Dustbowl arena. Both SJ Duelist and SJ Bayard choose a Bushwacker G. Bayard proved his mastery of this model. He dispatched of SJDuelist quickly to earn a place among our ranks. But his night was far from done.

Bayard choose to challenge on the TC Extremity arena. SJ Red chose to battle in the Assault class. The mighty Fafnir C was piloted by SJ Red. The imposing Daishi A was selected by Bayard. Neither combatant wished to give up ground so the map was replayed a second time after no action the first time around. The combatants quickly found each other where Bayard made the killing blow.

Bayard faced SJ Vic Viper on TSA Helsgate. The recording has been lost from the archives. Sworn testimony shall be required to validate this final battle. Bayard fell in heavy robot combat to his opponent.

Candidate Bayard, you have proven your worthiness for induction into the warriors of SJ. Your defeat of SJ Duelist and SJ Red show you skills as a pilot to be worthy to be placed among us. Welcome warrior Bayard. You may now carry the ~SJ~ tags to signify you are one of us.

So this night we celebrated the addition of these pilots into SJ. Warriors! Savor your accomplishment. But be ever ready for battle as the Jaguar never sleeps.






Viper, Duelist, Pabst all took part in Chaos March Saturday and Sunday. Bayard and Proxema took part in their entrance trials. Red officiated the trials. All of SJ watched or participated in these trials. Videos and a more detailed post coming soon.

Duelist, Red, Vic Viper V1, and Pabst were all around for the Chaos March Sunday Night. Pabst had some computer issues so Antares1 took his place on the drop. Here is the video of the battle: 


We lost but it was a good fight!


Saturday Vic Viper V1 and Duelist participated in the Chaos March drops.

Duelist dropped with ELH in a *SPOILER*



effort. Here is the video from my robot:

Viper dropped with WR Mercs on maps 2 and 3. Duelist dropped with ELH on map 3.


ELH won all 3 maps to defend the planet


Here is video of map 2:

Here is video from my robot of map 3:

Red and Duelist played for a few hours together late Sunday night.

Last but not least SJ took on ELH in a 2v2 battle:

Eridani Light Horse (ELH)  vs Smoke Jaguar (SJ)
105 tons. Fafnir and Daishi banned. No duplicate assets (cannot use 2 Cougar F).

Map: TSA Vista winner: *SPOILER* ELH *END SPOILER*
Pilots: ELH Dollarovich  and ELH Killthemall for ELH. SJ Vic Viper v1 and SJ Duelist for SJ.
Mechs: Ryoken B and Shadowcat E for ELH. Ryoken B and Shadowcat G for SJ. (spectate)

"SJ" Burner and SJ Duelist fought with RDL Saturday:

SJ Vic Viper and SJ duelist fought with ELH on Sunday:

Both were great battles with *Spoiler*


*end Spoiler*

Thanks to RDL and ELH for the fights.

SJ Vic Viper and SJ duelist took part in the Chaos March battles. Some even involved 28 people on a full server. Checkout the action here:

SJ Red joined SJ Vic Viper and SJ Duelist late Sunday night for some pubbing.

See everyone again this coming weekend.

I need at least one SJ pilot this Saturday because I just posted this:

So on behalf of the International Team, I Duelist, Director of Clan Smoke Jaguar ,officially challenge both Eridani Light Horse (ELH) and Russian Death Legion (RDL) to a single 2v2 battle to occur this coming Saturday. The battles can begin before Chaos March or between maps. Each unit may pick a team of 2 pilots.

Saturday 11 April

Round 1

Drop Weights: 170 total tons
Drop Restrictions: Mechs only, No Fafnir/Daishi, No duplicate variant (Don't use 2 Cougar F same match)
Map: TSA_Glory

Round 2

Drop Weights: 170 total tons
Drop Restrictions: Mechs only, No Fafnir/Daishi, No repeating variant (Don't use 2 Cougar F same match)
Map: TSA_Glory

We will see how the test goes before deciding on future rounds.

We need to put together 2 "mini" drop lists beforehand. I will take up one spot unless we get two other SJ to sub for me. PM me if you are interested in taking part.