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Category: Most Improved Clan BattleMech. Full specifications and discussion can be seen here.

Stone Rhino 2
Tim "Khan Joseph Mallin" Piazzi


BattleTech Vehicle Technical Readout

Type/Model: Stone Rhino 2
Tech: Clan / 3060
Config: Biped BattleMech
Rules: Level 3, Standard design
Mass: 100 tons
Chassis: Endo Steel
Power Plant: 300 XL Fusion
Walking Speed: 32.4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 54.0 km/h
Jump Jets: None
   Jump Capacity: 0 meters
Armor Type: Standard
1 PooPoo Industries Gauss Rifle
2 Hide Stripper XX Gauss Rifles
2 Thunder God Mk VIII ER PPCs
Manufacturer:    (Unknown)
   Location:    (Unknown)
Communications System:    (Unknown)
Targeting & Tracking System: (Unknown)


       Of the many surprises the Clans have sprung on us, the Stone Rhino is one of the most remarkable. The original design was considered a grand mistake, and is known to historians as Amaris' folly. The "Behemoth" was the first BattleMech produced by an optimistic project whose objective was to develop a 'Mech capable of withstanding an assault by an entire standard BattleMech company. These machines were to be put into mass production and used to stop General Kerensky from retaking Terra. The prototype is described as a lumbering monstrosity whose leg actuators shut down during its first test run, causing the project to be summarily scrapped.
       Apparently the historians were wrong.


       The Stone Rhino weighs in at a massive 100 tons, comparable to the largest 'Mechs ever manufactured. While such machines bring awesome firepower to the battlefield, ultimately, commanders cannot use them effectively because they cannot afford to lose one.
       The Stone Rhino features three Gauss cannons and an ER PPC mounted in each torso. The arm-mounted weapons feature retractable shock-absorbing cowls covering the barrels which allow the pilot to use the arms as battering rams without damaging the delicate accumulator assemblies.

Battle History:

A devastating Mech the Stone Rhino, it has a grand history of turning the tides of battle. The more recent history of this fearsome weapon took place on Zotemeer during the trial of refusal between the Wolves and Jade Falcon. A single Clan Wolf Stone Rhino destroyed a full Jade Falcon Talon Trinary. Star Captain Nightengale Kerensky was the pilot.

During one grand melee, prior to the the creation of the OmniMech. A Stone Rhino won, never moving from the spot it stood.

A lone Ghost Bear Stone Rhino blunted an attack by Clan Hell's Horses by destroying the leading Mech, a Rifleman IIC, in a single salvo at long range. Then blasting the leg from a Warhawk in the same manner. After this grand display of marksmanship and destuctive power the rest of the Horse units lost their nerve and decided to assault from a different direction.

Notable 'Mechs & MechWarriors:

Nightengale Kerensky;
Nightengale is the Clan Wolf Warrior who singlehandedly decimated a Jade Falcon Trinary. Nightengale was not known for her tactical brilliance, but her sheer ferocity, and the staying power of the Stone Rhino usually won the day.

John Jorgenssen;
Is the warrior who stood his ground in a grand melee and won. To the amazement of the spectators he then walked off the field for major...armor repairs.

Gail Piazzi:
Gail is the warrior who vaporized the Rifleman IIC and blew the leg off a Warhawk, forcing a retreat of the Hells Horses.


       A small number of these 'Mechs have been sighted in the Smoke Jaguar Clan. No other Clan appears to field this design, but because it is a venerable design, we suspect that the few existing are widely spread throughout the Clans.

Type/Model: Stone Rhino 2
Mass: 100 tons
Equipment:   Crits Mass
Internal Structure: 152 pts Endo Steel 7 5.00
   (Endo Steel Loc: 1 LA, 1 RA, 3 LT, 2 RT)
Engine: 300 XL 10 9.50
   Walking MP: 3    
   Running MP: 5    
   Jumping MP: 0    
Heat Sinks: 16 Double [32] 8 6.00
   (Heat Sink Loc: 1 LT, 1 CT, 1 LL, 1 RL)
Gyro:   4 3.00
Cockpit, Life Support: 5 3.00
Actuators: L: Sh+UA+LA, R: Sh+UA+LA 14 .00
Armor Factor: 304 pts Standard 0 19.00

    Internal Armor
    Structure Value
  Head: 3 9
  Center Torso: 31 50
  Center Torso (Rear):   11
  L/R Side Torso: 21 32/32
  L/R Side Torso (Rear):   10/10
  L/R Arm: 17 34/34
  L/R Leg: 21 41/41

Weapons & Equipment: Loc Heat Ammo Crits Mass
1 Gauss Rifle RA 1 48 12 18.00
   (Ammo Loc: 2 LA, 2 RA, 2 LT)
1 Gauss Rifle LA 1   6 12.00
1 ER PPC RT 15   2 6.00
1 Gauss Rifle RT 1   6 12.00
1 ER PPC LT 15   2 6.00
1 Variable Range System HD     1 .50
TOTALS:   33   77 100.00
Crits & Tons Left:       1 .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost: 25,332,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 3,108
Cost per BV: 8,150.58
Weapon Value: 7,152 / 7,152 (Ratio = 2.30 / 2.30)
Damage Factors:    SRDmg = 60; MRDmg = 53; LRDmg = 32
BattleForce2: MP: 3,   Armor/Structure: 8/6
    Damage PB/M/L: 8/8/8,   Overheat: 0
    Class: MA,   Point Value: 31

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