1st Battle (Clan Fire Mandrill)

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1st Battle Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3074)
Nickname None
Parent Formation Kindraa Faraday-Tanaga
Formed
Disbanded 3074


History[edit]

The First Battle Cluster was descended from a unit that took part in Operation Klondike.[1] In 3048 they provided two Stars to Clan Fire Mandrill's Provisional Assault Cluster that competed in the Trials prior to Operation Revival.[2] Between 3059 and 3067 it was stationed on the world of Atreus.[3][4]

The Black Lion-class battlecruiser Streaking Mist arrived at the Atreus system in early 3072. The former flagship of Clan Smoke Jaguar launched two DropShips containing a raiding party led by the Bandit Caste leader known as The Jaguar and then proceeded to blockade the planet, destroying several merchant vessels in the following weeks. The Jaguar's forces began by landing near Firebase Gamma, destroying the defending Sixteenth Assault Cluster.[5]

Shortly after the Jaguar's forces had moved on from Firebase Gamma, a deadly plague began to spread across the world, one which would later be identified as primarily threatening those with the Hoskins, Tanaga and Quesnel genetic legacies. Despite the plague, the Jaguar continued to raid both Fire Mandrill and Steel Viper holdings across Atreus for several months, capturing slaves and resources before the Jaguar and the Streaking Mist departed.[5] By July 3073 the surviving elements of the Fire Mandrill population were barely clinging to existence after being decimated by the plagues and subjected to raids by the Dark Caste and Clan Coyote for more than a year.[5]

When Zeta Galaxy of Clan Blood Spirit arrived in 3074 they discovered that the population of Atreus had been reduced to a few hundred thousand civilians and less than two Clusters of Mandrill troops. SaKhan Cluff declared a Trial of Absorption for the remains of Kindraa Faraday-Tanaga, and the survivors accepted their fate willingly.[5]

Officers[edit]

In 3059 the Commanding Officer was officially Star Colonel Loremaster Drew Tanaga, but day-to-day command rested with Acting Star Colonel Zachary Bush.[6] Zachary had taken over command by 3067.[4]

Tactics[edit]

The warriors of the Cluster were adept at duelling at close range.

Composition History[edit]

3059[edit]

First Battle Cluster - Elite/Reliable [6]

3067[edit]

First Battle Cluster - Elite/Reliable [4]

  • 82% full strength with 100% of the force equipped with OmniMechs

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 47
  2. Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 19-20
  3. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 149, "The Crusader Clans - Deployment Table"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 70, "Crusader Clans Deployment Table"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Wars of Reaving, p. 138, "Death of a Kindraa"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 47, "Unit Profile"

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