16th Wolf Guards (Clan Wolf-in-Exile)

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16th Wolf Guards Battle Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3078)
Nickname The Golden Marauders
Parent Formation Beta Galaxy
Formed 3058
16th Battle Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3052)
Nickname The Golden Hags
Parent Formation Gamma Galaxy
Formed
Disbanded 3058

Unit Description[edit]

The Sixteenth Wolf Guards Battle Cluster was a Clan Wolf in Exile Combined Arms military formation. It was originally the Sixteenth Wolf Battle Cluster that split from Clan Wolf during the Refusal War.[1]

History[edit]

Early 31st Century[edit]

Prior to the Clans returning to the Inner Sphere, the Sixteenth Battle Cluster was deployed to the Clan Jade Falcon world of Glory. Led by Star Colonel Mikel Furey, they conducted a Trial of Possession for the genetic legacy of the garrison's commander, Star Colonel Kael Pershaw. Star Captain Dwillt Radick outbid his fellow Star Captains and won the right to fight the Trial. Among his opening moves, he had his Aerospace Fighters attack an inbound Clan Jade Falcon DropShip, which was included in Pershaw's forces. Dwillt's fighters managed to knock the Falcon DropShip down into a dangerous region of Glory known as the Blood Swamp. During the course of this trial, the Cluster was defeated in major part by efforts of Aidan Pryde in his freebirth guise of Star Commander Jorge. Aidan's plan allowed for his force come behind the Clan Wolf's assault and destroy the Clan's Command & Communication Dome, successfully defeating 16th Cluster's forces. At end of the Battle, Dwillt Radick offered himself as bondsman to Pershaw, but was scornfully released immediately.[2]

Operation Revival[edit]

The Sixteenth Battle Cluster fought on the following worlds during the invasion of the Inner Sphere during Operation: Revival:

Wave One[edit]

On The Edge in March 3050 the 16th Battle Cluster faced the Outlaws mercenary unit. The Outlaws tried to fight a set-piece battle on the Plains of Torneträsk, but were forced to retreat; two companies of Outlaw forces managed to escape, headed for Rodigo.[3]

Wave Two[edit]

The Sixteenth Battle Cluster faced the Outlaws again on Rodigo in May 3050, just weeks after the battle on The Edge, with much the same outcome; a battered remnant of the Outlaws managed to escape from Rodigo, leaving the world in the hands of Clan Wolf.[3]

Wave Three[edit]

Wave Four[edit]

Wave Five[edit]

Tukayyid[edit]

The Sixteenth Battle Cluster's combat record, with its nearly even ratio of spectacular victories and spectacular failures, prompted the Wolf Khans to keep them out of the fighting.[4]

Refusal War[edit]

The unit participated as part of the bitter fighting of the Refusal War.

Clan Wolf-in-Exile[edit]

After the Exiled Wolves reorganised their forces [5] the Cluster was stationed on Arc-Royal in 3061.[6] It appears to have maintained this posting throughout the Jade Falcon Incursion of 3064, but by 3067 had been moved to garrison Morges. [7]

Jihad[edit]

During the Jihad the Sixteenth landed on Chara in the Free Worlds League as part of Operation SCOUR. There they faced off against the 4th Free Worlds Legionnaires, a unit that had defected from the Free Worlds League to join the Word of Blake. The attackers, including the Sixteenth, suffered at the hands of Chara's SDS system. These early losses reduced the Sixteenth's strength, and the entire Chara assault was a failure.[8] The survivors of the assault withdrew to Talitha, the Sixteenth was effectively destroyed. [9]

Officers[edit]

Tactics[edit]

The Sixteenth Battle Cluster has a history of unorthodox and small-unit tactics. The Cluster's Trinaries each have their own combat style, and this leads to some factionalism in the Cluster.[4] The Cluster often divides into component Stars and fights in different pairing to avoid its warriors becoming dependent on current Trinary organisation. [1]

Composition History[edit]

3049-3052[edit]

Sixteenth Battle Cluster

3057[edit]

Sixteenth Wolf Battle Cluster.[12]

  • Command Trinary - CO: Star Colonel Craig Ward
  • 15 BattleMechs
  • Trinary Bravo - CO: Star Captain Lorandra Noruff
  • 15 BattleMechs, 50 Elementals
  • Trinary Charlie - CO: Star Captain Petrov Reinhold
  • 5 BattleMechs, 75 Elementals
  • Trinary Delta - CO: Star Captain Jebediah Samis
  • 5 BattleMechs, 75 Elementals
  • Trinary Echo - CO: Star Commander Sumner Johns

3058[edit]

16th Wolf Battle Cluster.[11]

  • Command Trinary - CO: Star Colonel Craig Ward
  • 5 BattleMechs, 75 Elementals
  • Trinary Bravo - CO: Star Captain Reshondra Fetladral
  • 5 BattleMechs, 75 Elementals
  • Trinary Charlie - CO: Star Captain Donic Kerensky

The Cluster's Aerospace Support Vessels include Single Clan Star Lord and 3 Clan Invader Class JumpShips, with 5 Union-C DropShips.

3062[edit]

16th Wolf Guards Battle Cluster (5 Trinaries) - CO: Star Colonel Craig Fetladral [1]

  • Supernova Command
  • Supernova Battle
  • Aerospace Trinary
  • Mixed Trinary ('Mechs and Elementals)
  • Mixed Trinary ('Mechs and Elementals)

Note: Unit Name Changed to include "Guards" in its name. As of 3067, the Cluster was at 93% percent strength.

Notes[edit]

When originally listed in the Falcon and the Wolf sourcebook, the unit was original named the 16th Wolf Battle Cluster, in further publications the unit's name changed slightly to include 16th Wolf Guards Battle Cluster.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 159
  2. Bloodname, chapters 2-20 - 16th Battle Cluster's battle with Glory Station Garrison Cluster.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 44, "The Black Outlaws: Dark Phoenix"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Era Report: 3052, p. 45
  5. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 155
  6. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 166
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 80
  8. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 48
  9. Field Report: Clans, p. 22
  10. Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 91 - "Galaxy Commander Mikel Furey"
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Falcon and the Wolf, pp. 54-55
  12. The Falcon and the Wolf, pp. 20

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