200th Attack (Clan Ice Hellion)

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200th Attack Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3074)
Nickname Lithe Kill Keshik
Parent Formation Beta Galaxy
Formed
Disbanded 3074

Unit Description[edit]

The 200th Attack Cluster - also known as the Lithe Kill Keshik[1] was a frontline military formation belonging to Clan Ice Hellion. The unit was noted for being commanded by saKhans of the Clan.[2]

History[edit]

The Cluster acted as the command unit for Beta Galaxy. The Cluster took serious casualties in a Trial of Possession action against the Fourth Wolf Striker Cluster in 3059.[3] In 3059 the Cluster was stationed on Atreus, [4] but by 3067 the 200th had moved to Hoard.[3]

The Wars of Reaving[edit]

In 3070 the Cluster moved to Nouveaux Paris with the rest of Beta Galaxy, arriving in September.[5] Mid 3071 saw Beta together with Zeta Galaxy form the secondary attack force under saKhan Connor Rood. This force moved against Clan Jade Falcon border worlds of the Falcon Occupation Zone, fighting in multiple systems.[6]

Attacking the planet Bone-Norman in 3071, the 200th underestimated the resistance that the defending Eleventh Provisional Garrison Cluster would offer to the Ice Hellion invasion. Operating under the command of Star Colonel Idris, the Eleventh knew that they wouldn't be able to defeat the 200th and would be heavily outnumbered; nevertheless, the Falcons were determined to tie down Connor Rood's forces for as long as possible, in the hopes that this would cause a delay to the overall Ice Hellion timetable for their invasion of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone.[1]

Idris called for a Trial for control of Bone-Norman, and deliberately designated the entire of the Hapsburg continent as his Circle of Equals. This negated the Ice Hellion fast-strike tactics, by allowing the second-line Jade Falcon units to choose their own engagements, and to mount ambushes that didn't break zellbrigen, allowing them to draw the Trial out without forfeiting. For two weeks, the Jade Falcon forces led the 200th around Bone-Norman in a series of frustrating engagements until Rood decided that he had to expose himself to draw the Jade Falcon forces out. The result was a battle on the Red Stone Plains where each force attempted to spring a trap on the other; Rood instructed a subordinate to begin a general melee, a tactic that allowed him to bring in an additional Trinary of troops that hadn't been a part of his original bid, only for Idris to bring a formation of Erinyes ProtoMechs to augment his own forces. The ProtoMechs nearly killed Rood, breaking through his cockpit and burning him badly shortly before the Hellions were able to declare the Trial a victory for themselves.[1]

While the 200th did capture Bone-Norman, the world would remain an Ice Hellion holding for just a few weeks - the weak garrison force left behind after the 200th left were overwhelmed by the Falcon Guards.[1]

The Cluster was effectively destroyed on Lackhove in November 3071.[7] A few survivors followed The retreat of Beta Galaxy and SaKhan Rood. On the long trip back to the homeworlds the saKhan reformed the 200th Attack Cluster from survivors of Alpha, Beta and Zeta Prime Galaxies. By the end of 3072 the Cluster was six trinaries strong.[8]

The warriors of the Cluster were absorbed into Clan Goliath Scorpion in 3074, this was the end of the unit.[9]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 200th Attack Cluster
saKhan Sellen Cage 3059[3]
saKhan Connor Rood 3065[2][10]

Tactics[edit]

Expert at setting ambushes.[3]

Composition History[edit]

3059-3067[edit]

200th Attack Cluster - Elite/Reliable[3][2]

3071-73[edit]

200th Attack Cluster [8]

Rules[edit]

Up to half the force may use hidden unit rules.[11]

Notes[edit]

While never explicitly stated it is likely that the Cluster can trace its heritage and number back to the the Star League's 200th Dragoon Regiment that had been commanded by the Clan's first Khan.

Give the Ice Hellion remnant under Connor Rood joined with the occupants of the CSJ Osis' Pride, it is unknown how many of the six Trinaries mentioned in 3073 were made up of former Smoke Jaguar warriors.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Touring the Stars: Bone-Norman, p. 7, "Bone-Norman"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: Update, p. 72, "Crusader Clans Deployment Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 85
  4. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 153,
  5. Wars of Reaving, p. 55-6
  6. Wars of Reaving, p. 69
  7. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 29
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wars of Reaving, p. 111
  9. Wars of Reaving, p. 129
  10. 10.0 10.1 Operation ICE STORM
  11. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 177

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