1st Bear Guards (Rasalhague Dominion)

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First Bear Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Rage
Parent Formation Alpha Galaxy
Formed

History[edit]

The First Bear Guards are the elite unit of the Ghost Bear touman.[1] During the preparations for Operation REVIVAL, the First Bear Guards were one of the units that faced Ulric Kerensky and Clan Wolf in their Trial of Refusal. During that Trial, both Ghost Bear Khans were killed.[2][3]

Operation REVIVAL[edit]

Throughout the Clan Invasion the First Bear Guards were able to successfully defeat even the most dug-in Inner Sphere forces, with the First utilising a combination of air power and fast-hitting ground forces to hammer their opponents.[4] The First Bear Guards fought on the following worlds during the invasion of the Inner Sphere:

Wave Two[edit]

Jarett

Wave Three[edit]

Last Frontier (FRR) June 3050 - Fought the First Freemen. saKhan Theresa DelVillar was injured and fell into a coma.[1]

Wave Four[edit]

Goito (FRR) October 3050
Jezersko (FRR) September 3050

Wave Five[edit]

Alshain (DC) December 3051 - The entire Alpha Galaxy attacked this world, with The Rage facing the Sixth Alshain Regulars. Unable to break the Regulars lines, the First Bear Guards called on the Fiftieth Striker Cluster for assistance. The two units were able to break the Regular's lines, but the Regulars were able to escape with the help of the Second Sword of Light.[1]
Rubigen (DC) April 3052
Sternwerde (DC) January 3052

Tukayyid[edit]

Fought the 308th Com Guard Division on the advance to Spanac.

Post-Tukayyid[edit]

The First were devastated during the battle on Tukayyid and had to be re-formed and rebuilt; the First's return to Spheroid space was announced with their capture of Santander's World in July 3052 from the defending Smoke Jaguars.[4]

First Draconis Combine/Ghost Bear War[edit]

The First Draconis Combine / Ghost Bear War erupted following an attack on Alshain by rogue elements of the Alshain Avengers brigade of the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery in 3062,[5] and as expected Alpha Galaxy played a prominant part in the Ghost Bear's retaliation against the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery.[6] The First Bear Guards struck at Idlewind while the Third Bear Guards attacked Garstedt.[7]

The Dark Age[edit]

Posted to Alshain after the Jihad, the First Bear Guards were able to rebuild rapidly and to requip from factories producing the best new equipment available; the First had been reduced to just thirty percent of full strength by 3079,[8] but by 3085 had almost doubled in strength.[9]

The First Bear Guards continued to serve as a part of Alpha Galaxy throughout the Dark Age. Alpha Galaxy continued to serve as the lead Galaxy for the Rasalhague Dominion, and as such spent a considerable amount of time protecting Alshain, the cultural heart of Clan Ghost Bear. Given that Khan Dalia Bekker regarded the Republic of the Sphere with reverence it was a foregone conclusion that Alpha Galaxy would be sent to secure the worlds of Alrakis and Konstance as the Inner Sphere began to erupt into widespread warfare again. Having deployed in 3135, Alpha Galaxy only remained in place until Omega Galaxy secured Vega.[10]

Although Alpha Galaxy wasn't around for subsequent events leading up to the formation of the Vega Protectorate, many in Alpha came to feel that steps should have been taken to prevent Omega Galaxy from "going native" at the time, and given Khan Bekkar's conservative views there was a building sense of expectation that Alpha would be called on to remove Omega's taint.[10]

Officers[edit]

As of 3061 the commanding officer was Star Colonel Justin Gurdel,[4] who also commanded the 1st Bears during Operation Revival[11] and would continue to command the First until at least as late as 3067.[12]

Star Colonel Gurdell was the commander of the First Guards in 3048, but during the Trials for Operation REVIVAL, the First was commanded by Khan Nornian Tseng and saKhan Ursula Jorgensson. Both Khans were killed by Ulric Kerensky.[2]

In 3085 the First was commanded by Star Colonel Piers Tseng.[9]

The commanding officer of the First in 3145 was Star Colonel Vivian Snuka.[13]

Tactics[edit]

The command can counter the actions of enemy formation with equal or superior reactions. The cluster are also specialized to smoke out enemy formations which are dig in through a combination of air strikes/ground assaults.[11]

Composition History[edit]

3052[edit]

1st Bear Guards Cluster

  • Supernova Command - Star Captain Joanna Forrester
    • Alpha Command Nova (5 OmniMechs, 25 Elementals)
    • Bravo Command Nova (5 OmniMechs, 25 Elementals)
    • Charlie Command Nova (5 OmniMechs, 25 Elementals)
  • 310th Assault Trinary - Star Captain Carl Hambash
    • Alpha Assault Star (5 OmniMechs)
    • Bravo Assault Star (5 OmniMechs)
    • Charlie Elemental Star (25 Elementals)
  • 312th Assault Trinary ("the Silver Kodiaks")[14] - Star Captain Edwin Gilmour
    • Alpha Assault Star (5 OmniMechs)
    • Bravo Assault Star (5 OmniMechs)
    • Charlie Assault Star (5 OmniMechs)
  • 23rd Elemental Support Binary - Star Captain Sarah Kabrinski
    • Alpha Elemental Star (25 Elementals)
    • Bravo Elemental Star (25 Elementals)
  • 16th Fighter Binary - Star Captain Magara Gilmour)
    • Alpha Fighter Star (10 OmniFighters)
    • Bravo Fighter Star (10 OmniFighters)

3058[edit]

First Bear Guards Cluster

Supernova Command (Star Captain Joanne Forrester) (3 OmniMech/Elemental Novas)
310th Assault Trinary (Star Captain Carl Hambash) (2 OmniMech Stars, 1 Elemental Star)
312th Assault Trinary (Star Captain Edwin Gilmour) (3 OmniMech Stars)
23rd Elemental Support Binary (Star Captain Sarah Kabrinski) (2 Elemental Stars)
16th Fighter Binary (Star Captain Magara Gilmour) (2 OmniFighter Stars)

3061[edit]

First Bear Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[4]

  • 4 Trinaries
- The First were stationed on Arcadia at this point in time.[15]

3067[edit]

First Bear Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[12]

- The First were stationed on Arcadia at this point in time and were at three-quarters of full strength. Ninety percent of the First were using Clan-level technology, whilst eighty percent were equipped with OmniMechs or their equivalents.[12]

3079[edit]

First Bear Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[8]

- At this point in time three quarters of the First were using OmniMechs.[8]

3085[edit]

First Bear Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[9]

- At this point in time the First were operating at fifty-five percent of full strength with almost seventy percent of the cluster using OmniMechs.[9]

3145[edit]

First Bear Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[13]

- At this point in time the first was stationed on Alshain alongside the command elements of Alpha Galaxy, and was at full strength; more than three-quarters of the Guards were equipped with OmniMechs.[13]

Notes[edit]

At the time of the Revival Trials, the First Bear Guards had created a massive Great Work at their Arcadia enclave. The marble cenotaph showed a history of the Cluster's successes, each of which was carved into the pillars by the participating warriors. The warriors then carved their name underneath the scene they carved. As the pillar ran out of room, another blank pillar was added to the Great Work.[2]

Rules[edit]

3061[edit]

  • In common with every other unit in the Clan Ghost Bear touman at this point in time, the First Bear Guards receives a +1 modifier to any dice roll on Random Weight-Class tables to determine Star or Binary/Trinary type.[16]
  • As a part of Alpha Galaxy the First Bear Guards receives a +1 Bonus to Initiative rolls.[17]
  • As a part of Alpha Galaxy the commander of each Star within the First Bear Guards may choose to deploy in any OmniMech in any configuration rather than determining their 'Mech randomly.[17]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Era Report: 3052, p. 52
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 22
  3. Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 31
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 88, "Alpha Galaxy: The Golden Bears"
  5. Field Manual: Updates, p. 60, "Overview"
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 60, "Alpha Galaxy (The Golden Bears)"
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 13, "Dragons, Dark and Dangerous"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Field Report: Clans, p. 11, "Deployment Status"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 127, "Alpha Galaxy (The Golden Bears)"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 162, "Alpha Galaxy"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 88, "1st Bear Guards Profile"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 77, "Alpha Galaxy (The Golden Bears)"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. 172, "Alpha Galaxy (The Golden Bears)"
  14. Invading Clans, p. 18
  15. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 163, "Alpha Galaxy (The Golden Bears)"
  16. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 180, "Clan Ghost Bear"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 180, "Alpha Galaxy"

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