The small-scale fighting on the so-called 'Mercenary Star' of Galatea continued into what became known as Wave One of the Civil War. Unlike the battles in the early months of the conflict, where individual warriors sought to establish their name, the clashes on Galatea in April and May of 3063 took on a more ominous tone. A number of the fights spilled out of the designated combat areas, much as the fighting on Solaris had escalated out of control. Here, however, there were no national lines but rather the establishment -via main force—of distinct "gang turfs" where interlopers were dealt with mercilessly. Free-fire Zones remained where individuals could demonstrate their skill but by the end of June, it was membership in an elite warrior band that bought the greatest glory.
At the core of many such bands were small mercenary units, seeking to build their reputation and establish a power base. The most notable were the Grey Slayers, a dozen-strong gang of war riors centered on a disgraced mercenary lance of FWL origin, and the Thunderers, a reinforced company incorf>orating some survivors of the Waco Rangers. The initiation rites of several bands required a potential member to enter the territory of another band and to defeat one or more enemies without assistance. The ex-Clansmen who sought glory on Galatea likened these rites to the Trial of Position they faced previously, and many sought member ship of the bands. In most cases, it wasn't the largest or most successful bands the Clansmen sought to join. Instead, they chose those with the greatest reputations for honor. Though rarely equipped with Clan-tech 'Mechs, the presence of these Clansmen gave those units a substantial edge in combat. The turf wars escalated in July and August, and by the start of September the small-scale battles of the Civil War's early months were being replaced by all-out war between the 'Mech gangs of Galatea.
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