15th Lyran Guards

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15th Lyran Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Death or Glory Boys
Parent Formation Lyran Guards


The Fifteenth Lyran Guards gained its regimental nickname for the many times it faced certain death, only to trick fate by surviving. In 2990 they fought elements of the Amphigean Light Assault Group on Sevren.[1] The Fifteenth defended the planet Hesperus II during the Tenth Battle (2997) against elements of the FWLM. The Guards, which were commanded by later Archon Katrina Steiner, performed a dangerous suborbital combat drop on top of the enemy forces. The difficult maneuver was successful, and the 15th Lyran Guards routed the smaller Marik force. Accordingly, they participated in the unsuccessful attempt to invade the planet Kalidasa.[2] The Fifteenth was the main 'Mech force used to drive the 32nd Dieron Regulars off of Sakhalin. They inflicted heavy losses on the DCMS unit before forcing them off-world.[3]

The Fifteenth also participated in the Thirteenth (3019)[4][5] and Fourteenth (3057) Battles for Hesperus. During the Thirteenth battle the Fifteenth Guards used the mountains surrounding the Erewhon River floodplain to ambush Delta Regiment of Wolf's Dragoons and hold them in place while the Hsien Hotheads launched quick hit-and-run attacks and other Lyran regiments withdrew to defend the Defiance Industries factories.[6]. The Fifteenth was ultimately successful in slowing Delta Regiment's attempts to ford the Erewhon river and held up the Dragoon's advance long enough for the other Lyran defenders to block the Dragoons' attempts to reach the factories and forced them to withdraw.[7]. The Fourteenth battle was particularly difficult for the Fifteenth Lyran Guards, as it involved two-thirds of the unit's members betraying their oaths and declaring Hesperus II part of the Free Star Republic. The remaining elements of the unit were able to run a series of guerrilla operations that prevented the mutineers from attacking Defiance Industries. The LAAF High Command sent reinforcements and the rebels were quickly defeated. The action had been costly though and cost the Fifteenth nearly half their number. Investigations by the Lyran Intelligence Corps reduced the unit still further as disloyal officers were removed.

During Operation Bulldog the Fifteenth served to secure rear areas, but also faced the Twenty-seventh Garrison Cluster on Lonaconing.[8] Working with the 4th Arkab Legion the Fifteenth was able to maul the Clan unit while avoiding damage.[9]

The Fifteenth Battle of Hesperus found the Fifteenth on world and the target of several orbital bombardments. The Fifteenth guarded the main Defiance Industries complex, preventing the Free Skye Movement from taking over the factory.[10] They were vulnerable to these assaults because they had no aerospace assets.[11] They were fired upon by the Avalon-class Simon Davion, which destroyed much of Maria's Elegy spaceport. The spaceport was the home base of the Fifteenth. Two thousand infantrymen and armor crews were killed along with several hundred civilians. Two weeks later the Fifteenth destroyed the 22nd Skye Rangers as they assaulted the Defiance complex, but the supporting Gray Death Legion suffered heavy losses.[12][13] With the support of Defiance Industries, the Fifteenth's equipment remained in excellent shape.[14] The Fifteenth maintained heavy pressure on the Free Skye forces until the 36th Lyran Guards and 2nd Donegal Guards arrived to reinforce them. The combined LAAF units forced the Free Skye forces to surrender.[15]

During the Jihad the Fifteenth was assaulted by several Light of Mankind teams and paralyzed during the fighting. They were destroyed by the 40th Shadow Division in 3070.[16]


In 3025 the commanding officer was Colonel Rafferty Jefferson.[17]

In 3062 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Gina Ciampa.[9] She was still in command in 3067.[18] She was also the last commander the Fifteenth had before it was destroyed on Hesperus II during the Jihad.[16]


Since the battle for Hesperus II in 3057, the 15th Lyran Guards have resorted to conservative, risk-averse tactics.[9]

Composition History[edit]


15th Lyran Guards (Elite/Reliable) [19]

  • CO: Colonel Rafferty Jefferson


15th Lyran Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[20]


15th Lyran Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[21]


15th Lyran Guards (2 Battalions/Elite/Fanatical)[9]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Gina Ciampa
  • Aide: Nana Brennan

15th Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (2 Regiments/Elite/Fanatical)[9]

  • CO: Colonel Talbot Fayan
  • 816th Lyran Panzer Regiment: Colonel Alan Wedgewood
  • 11th Hesperus Recon Regiment: Colonel Mazhar Kier

15th Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (3 Regiments/Elite/Fanatical)[9]

  • CO: Colonel Eva Kalunta
  • 527th Lyran Mechanized Regiment: Colonel Kaye Harvey
  • 17th Hesperus Light Infantry Regiment: Colonel Obadina Derek
  • 283rd Lyran Jump Infantry: Colonel Francis Everidge

- The Aerospace assets were lost in the Fourteenth Battle of Hesperus.


15th Lyran Guards [18]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Gina Ciampa

15th Lyran Guards Armor Brigade

  • CO: Colonel Talbot Fayan

15th Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade

  • CO: Colonel Eva Kalunta

Though the Fifteenth Lyran Guards were still Elite troops and fanatically loyal, the severe combat of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Battles of Hesperus reduced the command to one third of its nominal strength.[18]


Homeworld Hesperus II


  1. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 34
  2. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 76 "Hesperus revisited"
  3. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 112
  4. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 24
  5. Hector (short story), Ch. 2
  6. Hector (short story), Ch. 7
  7. Hector (short story), Ch. 12
  8. Field Manual: Updates, p. 113
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 80, "15th Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
  10. Field Manual: Updates, p. 170
  11. The Dying Time, p. 39
  12. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147
  13. The Dying Time, p. 128
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 177
  15. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 178
  16. 16.0 16.1 Jihad Turning Points: Hesperus II, p. 7
  17. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118, "Deployment table"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 177
  19. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth , p. 121
  20. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137
  21. Objective Raids, p. 19