Truebirth – born in the laboratory, genetically engineered soldiers trained to be the ultimate warriors. They are the elite pilots of the Clan’s fearsome Battletech war machines.  Freebirth – born of the natural union of parents, also soldiers, but pale imitations of their truebirth superiors.  They are despised for their imperfections and fight where and when their Clan commands. Aidan has failed his Trial of Position, the ranking test all Truebrith warriors of the Clan Jade Falcon must pass.  He is cast out, disgraced and his rightful Bloodname is denied him. With a Bloodname, all past failures are forgiven, there is respect and honour.  Aidan will do anything to gain that name – he will even masquerade as the thing he has been taught to despise – a Freebirth. Cover art by Bruce Jensen. Illustrations by Jeff Laubenftein and Steve Venters.