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In the fictional BattleTech universe, Luthien (The Black Pearl) is the capital world of the Draconis Combine. Luthien is a heavily industrialized world that is traditionally the seat of power for the ruling family of the Draconis Combine, House Kurita. It remained relatively untouched during the succession wars, but during the Clan invasion (specifically year 3052) Luthien was invaded by Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Nova Cat. They were defeated by the Combine's warriors and the last minute additions of the mercenary units The Kell Hounds and Wolf's Dragoons. The ensuing battle left Luthien heavily scarred and remained so for many years despite the population's reconstructive efforts. During 3059 the newly formed Star League Defense Force under Victor Steiner-Davion used Luthien as a staging ground for Operation Bulldog, driving the Smoke Jaguar for Draconis Combine. During the Jihad the Word Of Blake savagely attacked Luthien with nuclear and chemical weapons.