21st Centauri Lancers

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Insignia of the Twenty-first Centauri Lancers
Twenty-first Centauri Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3025)
CO Col. Thaddeus Kusaka (3025)[1]
JumpShips Yes (3025)[1]
DropShips Yes (3025)[1]
Aerospace Yes (heavy) (3025)[1]
Armor Yes (3025)[1]
Infantry Yes (3025)[1]
Unit Disposition - 3025
Twenty-first Centauri Lancers Nestor (3025)[1] - Elite (3025)[1]
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Twenty-first Centauri Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3059)
CO Colonel Evelena Haskell
JumpShips Yes
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes (wing)
Armor Yes (6 companies)
Infantry Yes (reinforced battalion)
Unit Disposition - 3059
Twenty-first Centauri Lancers Tukayyid - Elite
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Twenty-first Centauri Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
CO Colonel Evelena Haskell
JumpShips Yes
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes
Armor Yes
Infantry Yes
Unit Disposition - 3067
Twenty-first Centauri Lancers Tukayyid - Elite
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Twenty-first Centauri Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3071)
CO Colonel James LeMonds
JumpShips Unknown
DropShips Unknown
Aerospace No
Armor No
Infantry Yes
Unit Disposition - 3071
Twenty-first Centauri Lancers Tukayyid - Unknown

Unit Description[edit]

The Twenty-first Centauri Lancers are one of the foremost mercenary units in the Inner Sphere. Since their founding, the Lancers have forged a reputation for honesty and loyalty, though they are also known for not accepting any mistreatment.

History[edit]

Originally a battalion of House Liao's Third Centauri Guards, the Twenty-first Centauri Lancers were a regular military unit of the Capellan Confederation. They were well-known for having totally destroyed the Fourth Marik Militia in an attack against Anegasaki in 2793,[2] thereby stopping a string of Marik victories.[3] They had been equipped with the new Grasshopper BattleMech, and to this day the Twenty-first operates several of these now rare 'Mechs.

Around the year 2875 the unit mutinied against their regimental commander over wages nine months overdue. With Shiro Kusaka as their elected leader, they captured some DropShips and a JumpShip from their regimental battle group as payment and formed a mercenary unit. They are colloquially known as "the Twenty-first."

Since their mutiny, the Twenty-first have worked for all Successor States save House Liao, against whom they still harbor a grudge. They have been in employ of House Marik at least since 3019, stationed on various posts along the Steiner border. In both 3025 and 3054 their homeworld is Nestor.

Anton Marik's Revolt[edit]

During Anton Marik's Revolt the Twenty-first Centauri Lancers were able to drive the Eighteenth Marik Militia off of New Olympia by arriving in orbit. The Eighteenth had been fighting for several weeks, but the undamaged Twenty-first's arrival changed the tactical situation dramatically and the Eighteenth withdrew.[4] The Twenty-first was also involved in combat on Rasalas, Drusibacken[5], Asellus Borealis, Asellus Australis, Lungdo, Sorunda, and Gomeisa.[6]

The Lancers were employed by the Free Worlds League in 3050. They were stationed on Nelson as that world's garrison.[7]

Operation Odysseus[edit]

The Lancers suffered a severe blow to their impeccable reputation and Dragoon Rating in 3058, when they apparently turned on their ComStar employers and aided Word of Blake in capturing Terra. Upon investigation, however, it was determined that the Lancers never set foot on the planet. The Word had captured their dependents and held them hostage in order to force the mercenaries into keeping quiet and allowing Word of Blake Militia forces to be substituted for them. Their black mark was later rescinded and ComStar honored their contract, posting them at their new headquarters on Tukayyid. They helped train ComGuard and SLDF forces here as an Opposition Force.

Jihad[edit]

The Lancers suffered terribly at the hands of the Blakists. Word WarShips jumped in-system on 21 January 3068 and the flotilla was soon able to achieve air superiority. With no aerospace or naval forces to contest them, the Word's WarShips began to destroy Tukayyid's cities and ComGuard bases, including the Focht War College. Anybody trying to flee was annihilated, as evidenced by the destruction of a Lancer force that was trying to move into the mountains. This attack killed Colonel Evelena Haskell. July 3070 saw the arrival of Clan Ghost Bear, who were able to defeat the Word assets around Tukayyid. As of 3071, the once-proud regiment had been decimated and barely existed as a cohesive fighting force. They are trying to rebuild, albeit at the sufferance of Clan Ghost Bear. They have managed to salvage six 'Mechs and Colonel LeMonds let all forces on-planet know that they can join the Lancers, including members of the ComGuard and the Killer Bees.

Sometime prior to 3076, they came under the employ of Chandrasekhar Kurita, and were stationed on Hachiman in the Draconis Combine to protect the Tanadi Computers complex from the Blakists. [8]

Dark Age[edit]

They were reportedly still active as of the Dark Age[9], and as of 3130 were in the employ of the Lyran Commonwealth. [citation needed]

Other Information[edit]

Uniforms[edit]

BattleMech Gallery[edit]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

Twenty-first Centauri Lancers (Elite/Reliable) - FWLM [1]

  • CO: Colonel Thaddeus Kusaka[1]

3059[edit]

BattleMech

  • Twenty-first Centauri Lancers (1 Regiment),

Lancers Command (1 Company with heavy and assault Mechs, each lance commander's use C3 computers on their Mech)

  • 1st Battalion: Major James LeMonds
  • 2nd Battalion: Major Katherine Lee-Smith
  • 3rd Battalion: Major Ty Van Trahn

Aerospace

  • Air Lancers with (3 squadrons and one single command lance)
    • Wing Commander: Major Joshua Ling

Armor (6 Companies)

  • Armor Commander: Major Wu Ti Seng
    • 3rd Armor Command
    • 17th Recon
    • 23rd Recon
    • 5th Fire Support
    • 11th Fire Support
    • 2nd Assault

Infantry

Rules[edit]

3072[edit]

  • When facing the Word of Blake as an opponent, 21st Centauri Lancers units receive a -1 modifier on all to-hit rolls.[10]
  • If given a choice of firing on differing faction targets, 21st Centauri Lancers units must always fire at a Word of Blake unit until either the unit is destroyed or the 21st Centauri Lancers unit no longer has line of sight to the Word of Blake unit.[10]
  • When facing the Word of Blake as an opponent, 21st Centauri Lancers units ignore any Forced Withdrawal rules.[10]

Notes[edit]

It was confirmed that the Twenty-first Centauri Lancers were a battalion within the Third Centauri Guards in 2793 and responsible for the destruction of the Fourth Marik Militia on Anegasaki by the BattleTech Developer Adrian Gideon in the Catalyst Game Labs official errata forum:

Handbook House Liao (print)

Pg 30, Timeline: First Succession War, Dev-level errata: 2793 - The Twenty-First Centauri Lancers destroy the Fourth Marik Militia on Anegasaki, in one of their first contracts as mercenaries after the Star League Defense Force's withdrawal.

Replace with: 2793 - The future Twenty-First Centauri Lancers, a battalion of the 3rd Centauri Guards, destroy the Fourth Marik Militia on Anegasaki.

  — Adrian Gideon, BattleTech Developer, 0243 26 Jan 2016

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p.109
  2. Developer Level Errata, Catalyst Game Labs Forum, 26 0243Z Jan 2015
  3. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 28-29, "The Collapse of Terra"
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 27
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 36
  6. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 39
  7. 20 Year Update, p. 57
  8. Jihad Conspiracies: Interstellar Players 2 pp. 29
  9. Era Report: 3145, p. 79
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 123, "21st Centauri Lancers (F)"

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